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Average Veterinarian Salary

$82,018
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,027
Bonus
$13,000
Commission
$9,872
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The average salary for a Veterinarian is $82,018.
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$60k
MEDIAN
$82k
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$117k
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$60k - $117k
Bonus
$594 - $22k
Profit Sharing
$997 - $39k
Commission
$3k - $34k
Total Pay
$61k - $127k
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What Do Veterinarians Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Veterinarian

3.8 out of 5
(418)
Highly Satisfied
25Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Veterinarian are from the companies Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital and VCA Antech. Reported salaries are highest at VCA Antech where the average pay is $98,371. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Banfield, The Pet Hospital and Pet Vet Animal Hospital, earning around $86,911 and $86,149, respectively. Animal Clinic Inc pays the lowest at around $78,257. Vetcor and VCA Animal Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $84,401 and $84,938, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Veterinarian. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Veterinarian
Equine Veterinarian
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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What Are Popular Skills for Veterinarians?

Skills in Medicine / Surgery, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Preventative Medicine.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarians?

An entry-level Veterinarian with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $74,746 based on 548 salaries. An early career Veterinarian with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,646 based on 1,486 salaries. A mid-career Veterinarian with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $86,966 based on 790 salaries. An experienced Veterinarian with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,483 based on 715 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $95,654.
Employees with Veterinarian in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 19.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (10.4% more) and Seattle, Washington (10.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (7.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,110 survey responses.
Entry Level
13.3%
Early Career
36.2%
Mid Career
19.2%
Experienced
17.4%
Late Career
13.9%