Veterinary Surgeon Salary

The average pay for a Veterinary Surgeon is $80,652 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$44,787 - $149,215
(Median)
$45K
$81K
$150K
MEDIAN: $80,652
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$44,787 - $149,215  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,866  
Total Pay (?
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$43,060 - $150,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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Job Description for Veterinary Surgeon

Like human doctors, veterinarians often have specialties or areas of expertise. If an animal has a serious injury or needs a tricky operation, a veterinarian surgeon is called upon. To qualify for this position, students need to engage in extra training after they graduate from veterinary school. They must complete at least a one-year internship and a three-year residency program. While participating in this training, there are stringent requirements that students must meet. They must take on certain types of cases and volumes of work, in addition to submitting research to be published in a scientific journal. There is also, of course, a thorough examination to test the students’ knowledge before completion of the residency. Upon finishing the residency and passing the exam, students then become board-certified surgeons.

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Veterinary Surgeon Tasks

  • Specialize in advanced surgical procedures such as joint replacement, oncological surgery and complicated wound management.
  • May also perform research and / or teach courses at a veterinary school.
  • Perform surgery on small domestic animals or pets and/or farm animals.

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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Surgeon

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$81,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 14%
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