Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary

Entry-Level Veterinarians can expect to earn an average of $71K per year. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Entry-Level Veterinarians — as high as $12K, $25K and $30K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $50K to $98K. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Entry-Level Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$50,620 - $92,095
$51K
$71K
$92K
MEDIAN: $71,194
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$10.12 - $57.68
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$34
$58
MEDIAN: $34.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,620 - $92,095  
   
Bonus
$493.67 - $12,152  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $25,342  
Commission
$2,003 - $29,590  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,595 - $97,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,477
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $57.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.29  
Overtime
$4.70 - $66.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$493.67 - $12,152  
   
Commission
$2,003 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $25,342  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,595 - $97,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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Those at VCA Antech can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,046

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Veterinarians, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Veterinarians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+17 percent), Miami (+14 percent), Indianapolis (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (8 percent lower) and Boston (3 percent lower).

Veterinarian Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Veterinarian in East Northport:
"Be prepared."
Stress, time, patience, ethics, hard work, knowledge and forgiveness are all words to get use to on a daily basis.

Veterinarian in Manvel:
"Veterinary Services."
Follow your gut feelings. Try new things. Keep up with continuing education, as medical treatments & protocols are always changing. Educate your clients on preventative care.

Veterinarian in Houston:
"Dealing with pet owners can be difficult."
Do an internship to increase confidence if you graduate under-confident.

Key Stats for Veterinarian

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries






Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$72,000

Acupuncture
▼2%

Chiropractic Techniques
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 29%