How Much Does A Veterinarian Make?

A veterinarian is a doctor for animals. They preform checkups and surgeries on animals. A Veterinarian, or vet for short can specialize in a certain field of animal medicine. This means some vets may just perform surgeries on a specific animal while others perform general checkups on dogs and cats.

Here is how much a veterinarian can make.

Veterinarian Salary

Average Veterinarian Annual Salary

$100,560

The average annual salary for veterinarians is $100,560 a year. Salaries start at $52,470 a year and go up to $161,070 a year.

Average Veterinarian Hourly Wage

$48.34

The average hourly wage for a veterinarian is $48.34. Hourly wages were between $25.23 and $77.44 an hour.

Stats were based out of 67,650 employed veterinarians in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Veterinarian

$161,070/year $77.44/hour

(Top 10% of Veterinarians)


Senior Veterinarian

$118,460/year $56.95/hour

(Top 25% of Veterinarians)


Mid Level Veterinarian

$88,770/year $42.68/hour

(Median)


Junior Veterinarian

$69,240/year $33.29/hour

(Bottom 25% of Veterinarians)


Entry Level Veterinarian

$52,470/year $25.23/hour

(Bottom 10% of Veterinarians)


Veterinarian Average Salary Comparison

Nurse Anesthetists
$164k / year
$78 / hour
Nurse Practitioners
$104k / year
$50 / hour
Nurse Midwives
$102k / year
$49 / hour
Veterinarians
$100k / year
$48 / hour
Physical Therapists
$87k / year
$41 / hour
Radiation Therapists
$84k / year
$40 / hour
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other
$84k / year
$40 / hour
Occupational Therapists
$83k / year
$40 / hour
Audiologists
$79k / year
$38 / hour
Speech-Language Pathologists
$78k / year
$37 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Veterinarians

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Veterinarians

Veterinarian Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Hawaii $96.75 $201,250
#2 New Jersey $61.63 $128,190
#3 New York $59.18 $123,100
#4 Nevada $58.61 $121,910
#5 Massachusetts $57.76 $120,140
#6 California $57.61 $119,830
#7 District of Columbia $57.41 $119,400
#8 Rhode Island $57.05 $118,660
#9 Maryland $55.46 $115,360
#10 Connecticut $54.09 $112,510
#11 Alaska $52.85 $109,920
#12 New Mexico $51.91 $107,970
#13 Virginia $51.79 $107,730
#14 Pennsylvania $51.13 $106,340
#15 Florida $50.92 $105,920
#16 Delaware $50.29 $104,610
#17 New Hampshire $49.46 $102,880
#18 North Carolina $49.35 $102,660
#19 Oklahoma $49.13 $102,190
#20 Vermont $48.58 $101,040
#21 Texas $48.17 $100,200
#22 Maine $47.37 $98,530
#23 South Carolina $47.34 $98,460
#24 Indiana $45.23 $94,070
#25 West Virginia $45.19 $93,990
#26 Wyoming $45.15 $93,920
#27 Idaho $45.11 $93,820
#28 Wisconsin $44.64 $92,860
#29 Arizona $44.14 $91,810
#30 Ohio $44.13 $91,790
#31 North Dakota $44.04 $91,600
#32 Oregon $43.70 $90,900
#33 Missouri $43.38 $90,220
#34 Iowa $43.37 $90,200
#35 Washington $43.18 $89,820
#36 Illinois $43.06 $89,560
#37 Kentucky $42.88 $89,190
#38 Michigan $42.77 $88,970
#39 Minnesota $42.74 $88,890
#40 Tennessee $41.79 $86,920
#41 Georgia $41.24 $85,770
#42 Utah $41.01 $85,290
#43 Colorado $40.75 $84,750
#44 Louisiana $39.12 $81,370
#45 Mississippi $38.79 $80,690
#46 Alabama $37.74 $78,490
#47 Montana $37.12 $77,220
#48 Kansas $37.05 $77,060
#49 South Dakota $36.87 $76,690
#50 Puerto Rico $36.77 $76,480
#51 Nebraska $35.25 $73,320
#52 Arkansas $33.48 $69,640

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Veterinarian

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