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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Veterinarians, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer veterinarians the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where veterinarians get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for veterinarians.The result is this list of the best cities veterinarians:
So there you have it — Brunswick is the best city when it comes to being a veterinarian.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a veterinarian? That would be Baton Rouge.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for veterinarians and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for veterinarians in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well veterinarians get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 266 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 266 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for veterinarians in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for veterinarians.
Total Jobs: 30
Average Annual Salary: $116,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $83,390
Location Quotient: 1.72
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $130,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $83,760
Location Quotient: 1.37
Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $132,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $84,360
Location Quotient: 1.3
Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $139,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $83,790
Location Quotient: 1.67
Total Jobs: 170
Average Annual Salary: $123,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,400
Location Quotient: 1.93
Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $125,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $84,330
Location Quotient: 1.86
Total Jobs: 740
Average Annual Salary: $128,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $67,550
Location Quotient: 1.54
Total Jobs: 200
Average Annual Salary: $117,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $67,510
Location Quotient: 1.43
Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $107,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $68,500
Location Quotient: 2.56
Total Jobs: 210
Average Annual Salary: $98,020
Average Entry Level Salary: $66,280
Location Quotient: 1.53
If you’re looking to start out your career as a veterinarian these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a veterinarian in America:
|5||Santa Rosa, CA||$123,380|
|7||Montgomery County, PA||$128,630|
|10||Boise City, ID||$98,020|
|11||Grand Island, NE||$115,790|
|19||Barnstable Town, MA||$123,660|
|21||Silver Spring, MD||$136,480|
|22||Corpus Christi, TX||$101,660|
|25||Des Moines, IA||$93,380|
|32||St. Joseph, MO||$81,560|
|35||Oklahoma City, OK||$105,860|
|39||State College, PA||$116,980|
|47||Fort Worth, TX||$117,550|
|51||New Haven, CT||$150,910|
|52||Port St. Lucie, FL||$94,420|
|60||Nassau County, NY||$138,370|
|68||Mount Vernon, WA||$84,360|
|82||San Antonio, TX||$118,440|
|83||Las Vegas, NV||$101,900|
|84||Lake County, IL||$107,380|
|92||South Bend, IN||$92,430|
|95||Fort Wayne, IN||$89,370|
|97||Santa Cruz, CA||$104,440|
|99||Cape Coral, FL||$88,400|
|100||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$80,620|
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