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
Gender Pay Gap For Veterinarian
Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man
Veterinarian Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the veterinarian position over time.
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.
|Nutrient Management Specialist||71%||29%|
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.
- 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.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Veterinarian Wage Gap By Race
Average Age of a Veterinarian
We determined the average age of veterinarians based on ethnicity and gender.
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.
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%
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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%.
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.
|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%.
- Spanish, 51.1%
- French, 10.9%
- Arabic, 5.4%
- Russian, 5.4%
- Portuguese, 3.3%
- Other, 23.9%