$77,589
Avg. Salary
$45.77
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,918

Bonus

$8,000

Profit Sharing

$11,829

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Veterinarian is $45.77 per hour.

The average pay for a Veterinarian is $77,589 per year.

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$17.75
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$56k
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$0$118K
Salary $56,091 - $108,662
Bonus $582 - $20,041
Profit Sharing $1,007 - $27,500
Commission $2,058 - $37,095
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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$56,453 - $118,742
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,482
Hourly Data $0$87
Hourly Rate $17.75 - $71.81
Hourly Tips $0.05 - $20.36
Overtime $5.41 - $87.26
Annual Data $0$118K
Bonus $582 - $20,041
Commission $2,058 - $37,095
Profit Sharing $1,007 - $27,500
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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$56,453 - $118,742
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 583

Job Description for Veterinarian

A veterinarian performs a wide variety of services related to animal health; the work is usually done at a private practice, though it can occur at a facility such as an animal care and control center or a zoo. Some common services that are performed by veterinarians are check ups, vaccinations, administering medicine, spaying and neutering, and other surgeries. For veterinarians who work with pets, the veterinarian communicates regularly with owners on how to best provide care and discusses any needed services such as surgery or medication. Preventative care is an important part of the job to ensure long-term animal health. Other services may be offered by the facility where the veterinarian practices (such as grooming), and though veterinarians do not typically perform these services, they may recommend them. A veterinarian also has management duties, overseeing assistants who help them carry out some tasks.

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Veterinarian Tasks
  • Examine animals to detect and determine health, injury, or illnesses.
  • Counsel pet owners around treatment and diagnosis, and perform authorization when required.
  • Administer vaccinations and collect samples for testing for pathogens or diseases.
  • Provide immediate treatment and care including diagnosis, prescriptions, and/or advice and behavior changes.

Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinarian


Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and Animal Clinic Inc are among the top companies that take on many Veterinarians. National Veterinary Associates leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $101K. Vca, Antech, Inc., VCA Antech, and Pet Vet Animal Hospital also offer top salaries for Veterinarians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $97K, $91K, and $88K, respectively.

VCA Animal Hospital, Animal Clinic Inc, and Banfield, The Pet Hospital are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($75K, $78K, and $84K respectively).

Veterinarian Job Listings

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Veterinarians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with veterinarian, Clinical Research, and Emergency Room (ER) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Chiropractic Techniques, Rehabilitation, and Exotics. Those proficient in Medicine / Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in General Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

Pay by Experience for a Veterinarian has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinarian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 2,880 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinarian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 1,222 salaries. An experienced Veterinarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 961 salaries. A Veterinarian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 614 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,749

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

Home to some of the best pay for Veterinarians, New York offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+9 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Workers in Seattle and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Veterinarian Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinarian?

Veterinarian in San Diego:
Pros: The patients and clients and satisfaction.
Cons: Management lack of trained staff.

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 Lincoln:
"Veterinarian."
Pros: Work flexibility, working with people, meaningful work, work with animals, preventative care, detective work.
Cons: Getting bitten, getting a zoonotic disease.

Veterinarian in Dallas:
"Corporate."
Pros: Wellness plans.
Cons: Current pay structure.

Veterinarian in Allegan:
"Must be good w/ Animals & PEOPLE!"
You need to be a people person as well, they pay you! Lots of stress at times, & sleepless nights, due to Emergencies. If you are greedy for money, you must not show that to customers that are paying listening to you talk about the next appt.s money all the time. No one that is paying for their beloved animal wants to think that your only in it for the money. It's just proper etiquette! Be prepared for long hours at times. & you will deal with all classes of people & seems they are paying you, they deserve your respect.The reward of helping an animal that would die without you, is what will keep you going. Along with the money.

Veterinarian in Mount Pleasant:
Pros: Meet people. Financially rewarding.
Cons: Difficult clients. Services can be expensive. Long hours sometimes. Stress.

Veterinarian in Rushville:
"Don't become a Veterinarian between 2015 to 2030."
Sorry, you are screwed. If you are typical, you owe over $150K and you are competing with many others for a job that is under $60k. You, and many like you, cannot afford to buy a practice, and practices will be closing all around you as I, and people like me, retire. Rural America, communities under 100K and average family earnings of under $60k will have to drive long distances to get Veterinary services, probably at a Corporate office that will have a minimum $500 out the door. If you cannot afford it, don't come in, cause they don't care about the animal or the client. They only think of profit. They small town Vet is a dying breed being replaced by local Not-For-Profits / Humane Societies that hire marginally competent Vets, who again, do their hours and go home not caring about the results.

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Key Stats for Veterinarian

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 482 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$81,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

▲8%


▲6%



National Average
$81,000


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▼1%




Acupuncture
▼4%

▼7%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 482 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 32%