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Veterinary Surgeon Salary

The average pay for a Veterinary Surgeon is $81,892 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$45,654 - $146,635
(Median)
$46K
$82K
$150K
MEDIAN: $81,891
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$7.14 - $65.66
(Median)
$7
$24
$66
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,654 - $146,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,866  
Total Pay (?
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$43,998 - $149,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.14 - $65.66  
   
Overtime
$5.00 - $51.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,866  
   
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).
)
$43,998 - $149,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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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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 21%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$83,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 13%