A Veterinary Surgeon earns an average salary of $96,164 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Veterinary Surgeon Total Pay (?
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$46,183 - $151,007
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$45,371 - $152,956  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Job Description for Veterinary Surgeon
Veterinary surgeons perform surgeries on animals. Many of them specialize in certain types of animals. For example, there are veterinary surgeons who perform operations on small domestic animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits and other types of animals that people typically keep as pets. There are also veterinary surgeons who specialize in equine medicine, which means that they perform surgery on horses. Livestock veterinary surgeons perform surgery on cattle, sheep and other farm animals. Some surgeons are specialists in caring for wildlife.
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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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Experience Affects Veterinary Surgeon Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$97,000
Entry-Level
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Gender
Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 19%
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