Veterinarian Statistics and Facts in the US

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.
  • 57.2% of all veterinarians are women, while only 37.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed veterinarian is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of veterinarians is White (85.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (5.6%) and Asian (5.2%).
  • The majority of veterinarians are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
  • Veterinarians are most in-demand in Houston, TX.
  • Veterinarians are paid an average annual salary of $126,372.
  • Crystal Lake, IL pays an annual average wage of $126,341, the highest in the US.
  • Veterinarians average starting salary is $49,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid veterinarians earn as much as $322,000 or more.
  • Utah is the best state for veterinarians to live.
  • Veterinarians are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Veterinarian Statistics By Gender

Among veterinarians, 57.2% of them are women compared to 37.7% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 57.2%
  • Male, 37.7%
  • Unknown, 5.1%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Female
57.2%
Male
37.7%
Unknown
5.1%

Gender Pay Gap For Veterinarian

Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$147,466
female-income
Female Income
$141,111

Veterinarian Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
31%
29%
26%
24%
21%
19%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
25.89%
74.11%
2009
26.22%
73.78%
2010
25.89%
74.11%
2011
25.77%
74.23%
2012
25.58%
74.42%
2013
25.45%
74.55%
2014
25.04%
74.96%
2015
25.28%
74.72%
2016
25.20%
74.80%
2017
25.16%
74.84%
2018
24.45%
75.55%

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 nutrient management specialist have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Perinatal Nurse3%92%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%94%
Obstetrical Nurse4%92%
Veterinarian38%57%
Associate Doctor66%23%
Nutrient Management Specialist71%29%
Flight Surgeon78%21%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Flight Surgeon
Nutrient Management Specialist
Associate Doctor
Veterinarian
Obstetrical Nurse
Therapeutic Dietitian
Perinatal Nurse
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Veterinarian Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among veterinarians is White, which makes up 85.4% of all veterinarians. Comparatively, there are 5.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.2% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 85.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 5.6%
  • Asian, 5.2%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • Black or African American, 1.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%
Job Title
Veterinarian RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
85.4%
Hispanic or Latino
5.6%
Asian
5.2%
Unknown
1.9%
Black or African American
1.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.2%

Veterinarian Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among veterinarians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
87.60%
1.52%
3.80%
4.67%
2011
88.61%
1.54%
3.75%
4.49%
2012
89.37%
1.16%
3.64%
4.72%
2013
88.39%
1.71%
3.54%
5.06%
2014
87.17%
1.30%
3.77%
6.09%
2015
87.39%
1.24%
4.01%
5.19%
2016
88.04%
1.35%
3.27%
5.24%
2017
87.22%
1.56%
3.48%
5.75%
2018
85.40%
1.66%
5.21%
5.58%

Veterinarian Wage Gap By Race

Asian veterinarians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino veterinarians have the lowest average salary at $141,757.
$150,000
$148,000
$146,000
$144,000
$142,000
$140,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$145,443
White$142,214
Black or African American$143,803
Asian$148,226
Hispanic or Latino$141,757

Average Age of a Veterinarian

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

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Unknown
37
White
49
40
Asian
34
Hispanic or Latino
35.5
43

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.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Veterinarian YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
7%
30-40 years
37%
40+ years
57%

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%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 44%
  • Doctorate, 32%
  • Masters, 7%
  • Associate, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 10%
Job Title
Veterinarian DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
44%
Doctorate
32%
Masters
7%
Associate
7%
Other Degrees
10%

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Veterinarian Wage Gap By Education

$152,000
$150,000
$148,000
$146,000
$144,000
$142,000
$140,000
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Master's Degree$141,111
Doctorate Degree$150,176

Veterinarian Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ veterinarians. We found that the most common company type is private. 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.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
6%
50 - 100 employees
11%
100 - 500 employees
13%
500 - 1,000 employees
13%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
36%
> 10,000 employees
21%

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.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
31%
Public
13%
Private
52%
Government
5%

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, education and pharmaceutical.

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Health Care

Education

Pharmaceutical

Manufacturing

Hospitality

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Health Care
23%
Education
19%
Pharmaceutical
8%
Manufacturing
8%
Hospitality
8%
Professional
6%
Retail
5%
Fortune 500
5%
Technology
5%
Government
2%
Construction
2%
Finance
1%
Automotive
1%
Energy
1%
Non Profits
1%
Utilities
1%
Agriculture
1%

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
YearascdescVeterinarian Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
0.88%
2011
0.49%
2012
0.70%
2013
0.95%
2014
0.43%
2015
0.23%
2016
0.53%
2017
0.22%
2018
0.19%

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%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
22%
1-2 years
32%
3-4 years
13%
5-7 years
14%
8-10 years
6%
11+ years
13%

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Alloy Weigher10.79%
Speech Pathologist19.27%
Veterinarian19.76%
Coordinator Cardiopulmonary Services21.51%
Student Physical Therapist22.56%
Hospitalist Physician Assistant23.61%
Orientation & Mobility Specialist24.15%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Alloy Weigher
10.79%
Speech Pathologist
19.27%
Coordinator Cardiopulmonary Services
21.51%
Student Physical Therapist
22.56%
Hospitalist Physician Assistant
23.61%
Orientation & Mobility Specialist
24.15%

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%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 51.1%
  • French, 10.9%
  • Arabic, 5.4%
  • Russian, 5.4%
  • Portuguese, 3.3%
  • Other, 23.9%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
51.1%
French
10.9%
Arabic
5.4%
Russian
5.4%
Portuguese
3.3%
Other
23.9%

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Where Do Veterinarians Earn The Most?

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

Where Are Veterinarians Located?

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

Number of Veterinarians

Where Are Veterinarians In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country veterinarians are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings