Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary

Entry-Level Veterinarians take home approximately $72K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Veterinarians can bottom out near $50K or peak near $99K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. For the most part, Entry-Level Veterinarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Entry-Level Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$51,113 - $94,000
$51K
$72K
$94K
MEDIAN: $71,805
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$10.32 - $56.69
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$37
$57
MEDIAN: $36.57
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$0$99K
Salary $51,113 - $94,000
Bonus $302.70 - $12,189
Profit Sharing $1,017 - $25,025
Commission $1,953 - $30,067
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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$50,155 - $99,054
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,493
Hourly Data $0$98
Hourly Rate $10.32 - $56.69
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $3.93 - $98.63
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $302.70 - $12,189
Commission $1,953 - $30,067
Profit Sharing $1,017 - $25,025
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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$50,155 - $99,054
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 146

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Entry-Level Veterinarians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at VCA Antech, where the average salary comes to $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,687

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Veterinarians, New York offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Veterinarians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+16 percent), Miami (+13 percent), Indianapolis (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (8 percent lower) and Boston (4 percent lower).

Veterinarian Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Veterinarian in New York:
Don't stress about getting your work done. It will all be okay on the end.

Veterinarian in Elkton:
"Learn."
Learn all you can in the first year out of school.

Veterinarian in East Northport:
"Be prepared."
Stress, time, patience, ethics, hard work, knowledge and forgiveness are all words to get use to on a daily basis.

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 Houston:
"Dealing with pet owners can be difficult."
Do an internship to increase confidence if you graduate under-confident.

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 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.

Key Stats for Veterinarian

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries






National Average
$73,000

Surgery
▼1%

Acupuncture
▼2%

Chiropractic Techniques
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 29%
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