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Veterinarian salary in United States

How much does a Veterinarian make in the United States?

Average base salary

$119,538
Average $119,538
Low $81,165
High $176,054
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a veterinarian is $119,538 per year in the United States. 13.7k salaries reported, updated at September 13, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Veterinarians in United States

  1. Penny Paws Animal Clinic
    2.4star
    9 reviews6 salaries reported
    $260,943per year
  2. $229,256per year
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Highest paying cities for Veterinarians near United States

  1. Reno, NV
    $129,443 per year
    27 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $121,545 per year
    127 salaries reported
  3. Dallas, TX
    $119,804 per year
    145 salaries reported
  1. Austin, TX
    $118,850 per year
    146 salaries reported
  2. San Francisco, CA
    $116,264 per year
    71 salaries reported
  3. Seattle, WA
    $115,118 per year
    89 salaries reported
  1. Tampa, FL
    $114,576 per year
    90 salaries reported
  2. Philadelphia, PA
    $113,041 per year
    61 salaries reported
  3. Portland, OR
    $111,418 per year
    69 salaries reported
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Where can a Veterinarian earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Veterinarians

Most recommended skill

Laboratory Experience(earn +14.68% more)

The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 28.36% since 2018. Veterinarians with this skill earn +14.68% more than the average base salary, which is $119,538 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
2012200increase by 200
2013457increase by 128.50%
2014662increase by 44.86%
2015400decrease by 39.58%
2016446increase by 11.50%
2017278decrease by 37.67%
2018335increase by 20.50%
2019240decrease by 28.36%

Top companies hiring Veterinarians with the recommended skill

Eli Lilly
Purdue University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Galaxy Management Group, Inc.
University of Virginia
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Top licenses
Veterinary Technician Certification
+15.12%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Most common benefits for Veterinarians

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Gym membership
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • License reimbursement
  • Life insurance
  • Loan assistance
  • Loan repayment program
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Uniform allowance
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 347 ratings

64% of Veterinarians in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Veterinary Technician

11,572 job openings

Average $18.25 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Veterinarian

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a veterinarian?

If you're unsure about what salary is appropriate for a veterinarian position, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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Do veterinarians get paid more than doctors?

No, doctors earn higher average salaries than veterinarians.

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What states pay the most for veterinarians?

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