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How Much Does a Veterinarian Earn In The United States?

Veterinarian Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$126,000
$49,000
$126,000
$322,000
The average veterinarian makes about $126,372 per year. That's $60.76 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $49,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $322,000. Many of veterinarians seem to be drawn to health care and education companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case veterinarians tend to work at non profits, education, and health care companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that North Dakota, Utah and Montana pay veterinarians the highest salaries.
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Where Veterinarians Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where veterinarians earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Veterinarians Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a veterinarian is roughly $126,372 per year, which boils down to $60.76 per hour. Interestingly enough, veterinarians have the highest salaries in Crystal Lake, IL at about $126,341 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Crystal Lake, IL is $61,000. Additionally, veterinarians make more than the average salary in Davis, CA, Baltimore, MD, New York, NY, West Hartford, CT, and Pittsburgh, PA. On a more broad level, veterinarian salaries are highest in North Dakota, Utah, Montana, Vermont, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Nebraska. On the contrary, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Nevada offer the lowest veterinarian salaries.
Location
1. Crystal Lake, IL
$126,341
Avg. Salary
$66k
$184k
2. Davis, CA
$124,056
Avg. Salary
$66k
$184k
3. Baltimore, MD
$122,981
Avg. Salary
$66k
$184k
4. New York, NY
$122,198
Avg. Salary
$66k
$184k
5. West Hartford, CT
$116,798
Avg. Salary
$66k
$184k
6. Pittsburgh, PA
$115,391
Avg. Salary
$66k
$184k

High Paying Veterinarian Jobs

Which Companies Pay Veterinarians The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like North Okaloosa Medical Center and Saratoga Hospital as they offer the highest salaries for veterinarians.
Company
$222,289
Avg. Salary
$83k
$285k
$216,344
Avg. Salary
$83k
$285k
Avg. Salary
$83k
$285k
Avg. Salary
$83k
$285k
Avg. Salary
$83k
$285k

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Jamie Rauscher RVT

Medical Manager, Animal Hospital of Towne Lake and Cat Clinic of Woodstock

I live in Georgia. Starting salaries for a RVT in this state is around $17 an hour. 25 years ago I made $5 an hour walking dogs and cleaning kennels. My salary now is set to cover that of a RVT with management duties. Again, I do believe that employers that pay their staff well will be able to retain them longterm. If you feel like you deserve a raise, prove it, stand up for yourself, and ask for it! Technicians that obtain their specialties or go into management will make more as their education/skills progress. Show more

Veterinarian Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

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    Recently Added Veterinarian Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    County of El Dorado
    County of El Dorado
    Veterinarian
    Veterinarian
    Veterinarian
    Placerville, CA
    Placerville, CA
    01/30/2021
    01/30/2021
    $96,545
    $96,545
    01/30/2021
    Veterinarian 2 (Diagnostic Pathologist)
    Veterinarian 2 (Diagnostic Pathologist)
    Davis, CA
    Davis, CA
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $73,800
    $73,800
    01/28/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Veterinarian Manager-SES
    Veterinarian Manager-SES
    Veterinarian Manager-SES
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    01/21/2021
    01/21/2021
    $46,381
    $46,381
    01/21/2021
    Veterinarian
    Veterinarian
    Apple Valley, MN
    Apple Valley, MN
    01/21/2021
    01/21/2021
    $63,871
    $63,871
    01/21/2021
    Veterinarian Manager-SES
    Veterinarian Manager-SES
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    01/21/2021
    01/21/2021
    $46,381
    $46,381
    01/21/2021
    Private Practice
    Private Practice
    Veterinarian Bonus
    Veterinarian Bonus
    Veterinarian Bonus
    Granville, OH
    Granville, OH
    01/17/2021
    01/17/2021
    $100,000
    $100,000
    01/17/2021
    Helen Woodward Animal Center
    Helen Woodward Animal Center
    Veterinarian (CAH)
    Veterinarian (CAH)
    Veterinarian (CAH)
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    01/13/2021
    01/13/2021
    $110,000
    $110,000
    01/13/2021
    Veterinarian General Practice
    Veterinarian General Practice
    Wantagh, NY
    Wantagh, NY
    01/13/2021
    01/13/2021
    $100,000
    $100,000
    01/13/2021
    Veterinarian Available
    Veterinarian Available
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    01/07/2021
    01/07/2021
    $78,254
    $78,254
    01/07/2021
    City of Georgetown, Tx
    City of Georgetown, Tx
    Veterinarian
    Veterinarian
    Veterinarian
    Georgetown, TX
    Georgetown, TX
    12/28/2020
    12/28/2020
    $77,741
    $77,741
    12/28/2020