Salary for Veterinarians

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Also known as:  Animal Pathologist, Animal Surgeon, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Equine Veterinarian, Large Animal Veterinarian, Poultry Pathologist, Public Health Veterinarian, Small Animal Veterinarian, Veterinary Medicine Scientist helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

The work of a veterinarian is to prevent, diagnose, and treat animal illnesses and injuries. They may specialize in the treatment of specific species, or provide care to a wide range of animals. In addition to treating illnesses, performing surgeries, and treating injuries by setting fractures or dressing wounds, these professionals prescribe medications for animals, operate diagnostic equipment, and may lead or be a part of public education campaigns regarding diseases that can be spread from animals to humans and vice versa. They may also euthanize animals. A doctoral or professional degree is required for this field.

A Veterinarian can earn average salaries of between $60,690 to $164,490 based on levels of tenure. will normally receive an average salary of one hundred and eight thousand three hundred and fifty dollars every year.

can get the best compensation in New Jersey, which has average pay scales of close to about $128,430. People in this job function are compensated the highest in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they receive normal pay levels of $130,310.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.13 percent nationwide in that time.


Veterinarians tend to make the most in the following industries:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Other Services (except Public Administration)

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration
Wholesale Trade
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