Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for veterinarians in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 47,693 veterinarians currently employed in the United States.
  • 62.9% of all veterinarians are women, while 37.1% are men.
  • The average age of an employed veterinarian is 42 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of veterinarians is White (87.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (4.7%), Asian (4.7%) and Black or African American (1.5%).
  • Veterinarians are most in-demand in Austin, TX.
  • Portland, ME pays an annual average wage of $118,496, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 83% of what men earned.
  • Maine is the best state for veterinarians to live.
  • Veterinarians are 38% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Veterinarian Statistics By Gender

62.9% of veterinarians are women and 37.1% of veterinarians are men.

  • Female, 62.9%
  • Male, 37.1%

Veterinarians By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female62.9%
Male37.1%

Gender Pay Gap For Veterinarian

Women Earn 83¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$145,636
female-income
Female Income
$121,322

Veterinarian Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the veterinarian position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Veterinarian Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201050.64%49.36%
201152.35%47.65%
201249.70%50.30%
201350.71%49.29%
201448.80%51.20%
201546.08%53.92%
201641.65%58.35%
201743.35%56.65%
201839.16%60.84%
201939.75%60.25%

Veterinarian Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and optometrist, owner have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Staff Nurse Midwife2%98%
Perinatal Nurse3%97%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%97%
Veterinarian37%63%
Radiology Resident75%25%
Optometrist, Owner76%24%
Flight Surgeon82%18%

Veterinarian Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among veterinarians is White, which makes up 87.7% of all veterinarians. Comparatively, there are 4.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 4.7% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 87.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 4.7%
  • Asian, 4.7%
  • Black or African American, 1.5%
  • Unknown, 1.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Veterinarian Race

Veterinarian RacePercentages
White87.7%
Hispanic or Latino4.7%
Asian4.7%
Black or African American1.5%
Unknown1.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.1%

Veterinarian Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among veterinarians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Veterinarian Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201087.90%1.50%3.71%4.49%
201188.91%1.53%3.66%4.31%
201289.67%1.14%3.55%4.54%
201388.69%1.70%3.45%4.88%
201487.47%1.28%3.69%5.91%
201587.69%1.23%3.92%5.01%
201688.34%1.34%3.19%5.07%
201787.52%1.54%3.39%5.57%
201885.70%1.64%5.12%5.41%
201987.66%1.54%4.68%4.68%

Veterinarian Wage Gap By Race

Asian veterinarians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White veterinarians have the lowest average salary at $127,368.
$144,000
$140,000
$136,000
$132,000
$128,000
$124,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$129,758
White$127,368
Black or African American$131,105
Asian$142,499
Hispanic or Latino$136,666

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Average Age of a Veterinarian

We determined the average age of veterinarians based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Veterinarian Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
White4740
Asian4136
Hispanic or Latino5036

Veterinarian Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of veterinarian employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of veterinarians is 40+ years old, which represents 57% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Veterinarian Age

Veterinarian YearsPercentages
40+ years57%
30-40 years35%
20-30 years8%

Types of Veterinarian Degree Levels

The most common degree for veterinarians is bachelor's degree 44% of veterinarians earn that degree. A close second is doctoral degree with 32% and rounding it off is master's degree with 7%.

  • Bachelors, 44%
  • Doctorate, 32%
  • Masters, 7%
  • Associate, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 10%

Veterinarians By Education

Veterinarian DegreePercentages
Bachelors44%
Doctorate32%
Masters7%
Associate7%
Other Degrees10%

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Veterinarian Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where veterinarians work. We found most veterinarians work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most veterinarians is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire veterinarians.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Veterinarian Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees6%
50 - 100 employees6%
100 - 500 employees15%
500 - 1,000 employees14%
1,000 - 10,000 employees37%
> 10,000 employees22%

The Types Of Companies Veterinarian Work In

Employees with the veterinarian job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most veterinarians prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Veterinarian Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education33%
Public17%
Private38%
Government11%

Top Industries Hiring Veterinarians

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ veterinarians. Those industries include health care, professional and government.

Health Care

Education

Government

Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical

Veterinarian Turnover And Employment Statistics

Veterinarian Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of veterinarians changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Veterinarian Unemployment Rate By Year

YearVeterinarian Unemployment Rate
20100.88%
20110.49%
20120.70%
20130.95%
20140.43%
20150.23%
20160.53%
20170.22%
20180.19%
20190.27%

The Average Number of Years That Veterinarian Stay in a Job

By looking over 2,757 veterinarians resumes, we figured out that the average veterinarian enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Veterinarian Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year22%
1-2 years32%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years6%
11+ years13%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Veterinarians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to veterinarians.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Pharmacist In Charge5.03%55,466
Traveling Nurse8.34%585,515
In-House Physician13.39%61,160
Chief, Optometry Service13.47%20,889
Herbalist16.48%8000.00%
Veterinarian17.70%
Upper Extremity Surgeon20.24%3,474

Veterinarian LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Pharmacist In Charge5.03%55,466
Traveling Nurse8.34%585,515
In-House Physician13.39%61,160
Chief, Optometry Service13.47%20,889
Herbalist16.48%80
Upper Extremity Surgeon20.24%3,474

Foreign Languages Spoken By Veterinarians

The most common foreign language among veterinarians is Spanish at 51.1%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.9% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 5.4%.

  • Spanish, 51.1%
  • French, 10.9%
  • Arabic, 5.4%
  • Russian, 5.4%
  • Portuguese, 3.3%
  • Other, 23.9%

Veterinarian Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish51.1%
French10.9%
Arabic5.4%
Russian5.4%
Portuguese3.3%
Other23.9%

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Where Do Veterinarians Earn The Most?

Veterinarians earn the most in Maine, where the average veterinarian salary is $116,665. The map here shows where veterinarians earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Veterinarians?

By looking through more than 2,757 resumes, we found that the most popular places for veterinarians are New York, NY and Houston, TX.

Number of Veterinarians

Number Of Veterinarian Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California1,017$110,657
2Texas780$102,430
3Florida704$91,716
4New York414$110,501
5Illinois383$96,430
6Massachusetts371$107,585
7Pennsylvania316$107,414
8Georgia308$92,959
9Virginia306$102,565
10Washington284$102,235
11North Carolina267$97,914
12Michigan262$97,868
13New Jersey252$110,946
14Arizona250$102,186
15Ohio235$103,974
16Colorado209$84,895
17Minnesota208$94,557
18Maryland173$111,834
19Oregon167$105,895
20Missouri158$83,042
21Tennessee142$98,307
22Wisconsin126$84,118
23Indiana124$97,022
24South Carolina116$98,201
25Connecticut103$99,455
26Oklahoma90$61,224
27Utah80$105,159
28Kansas77$77,756
29Nevada74$100,280
30New Hampshire63$101,407
31Alabama53$91,089
32Delaware46$104,715
33Rhode Island39$107,862
34Louisiana38$68,593
35Iowa36$94,117
36Kentucky36$80,867
37Maine28$116,665
38Nebraska27$72,814
39Idaho25$96,310
40Alaska25$93,118
41New Mexico20$113,328
42Arkansas20$100,209
43Hawaii18$89,823
44Mississippi16$75,330
45Montana14$106,137
46Vermont13$113,030
47District of Columbia13$108,136
48Wyoming12$88,138
49West Virginia6$100,386
50North Dakota0$110,753
51South Dakota0$68,059

Where Are Veterinarians In High Demand?

Veterinarians are in high demand in Austin, TX. There are currently 57 job openings for veterinarians here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country veterinarians are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Veterinarian Demographics FAQs

How Many Veterinarian Are There In The Us?

There are over 49,434 Veterinarians in the United States.

What Percentage Of Veterinarians Are Black?

1.5% of Veterinarians are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Veterinarians?

Most a are White, with 87.7% of Veterinarians belonging to this ethnicity. 4.7% of Veterinarians are Hispanic or Latino, 4.7% of Veterinarians are Asian, 1.5% of Veterinarians are Black or African American, 1.3% of Veterinarians are Unknown, and 0.1% of Veterinarians are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Veterinarian Jobs Male - Dominated ?

No, Veterinarian jobs are not male - dominated. 62% of Veterinarians are female, and 37% are male, so there are more female Veterinarians than male Veterinarians in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Veterinarian ?

The average Veterinarian is 43 years old. 57% of Veterinarians are 40+ years old or older, 35% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 8% are between 20-30 years old

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