Veterinarian Salary

Median pay for Veterinarians in the United States is around $75K annually. In the world of Veterinarians, overall cash earnings stretch from $52K near the bottom to $115K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $15K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $26K, along with commissions approaching $45K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and close to a third have dental, too. Female Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,342 - $104,795
$53K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,472
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$14.18 - $69.72
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MEDIAN: $45.03
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$0$116K
Salary $53,342 - $104,795
Bonus $495.51 - $15,614
Profit Sharing $1,145 - $25,760
Commission $2,019 - $45,404
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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$52,489 - $116,127
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,464
Hourly Data $0$95
Hourly Rate $14.18 - $69.72
Hourly Tips $0.63
Overtime $4.89 - $95.00
Annual Data $0$116K
Bonus $495.51 - $15,614
Commission $2,019 - $45,404
Profit Sharing $1,145 - $25,760
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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$52,489 - $116,127
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 343

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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 euthanization 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.

Veterinarian Job Listings

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).

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 1,611 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 $82,000 based on 667 salaries. An experienced Veterinarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 507 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 353 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,146

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

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Key Stats for Veterinarian

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 265 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries

▲19%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$78,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

veterinarian
▲24%

Clinical Research
▲11%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲8%


Ultrasound
▲2%




▼0%

National Average
$78,000


Dentistry
▼3%

▼4%

Exotics
▼6%

Rehabilitation
▼8%

Chiropractic Techniques
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 34%
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