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Veterinary Surgeon Salary

A Veterinary Surgeon earns an average salary of $86,741 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.
$46,100 - $148,375
MEDIAN: $86,740

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$46,100 - $148,375  
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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).
$45,977 - $151,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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.


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

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


60 %
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 17%