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Veterinarians Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for veterinarians in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of veterinarians amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Veterinarians in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$65,400
25th Percentile Wage
$84,760
50th Percentile Wage
$107,580
75th Percentile Wage
$139,850
90th Percentile Wage
$188,510

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for veterinarians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $188,510. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $107,580. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,400.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of veterinarians from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$107,580
2.73% 10.52%
2016
$104,640
1.62% -
2015
$102,940
0.28% -
2014
$102,650
3.04% -
2013
$99,530
3.29% -
2012
$96,260
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Veterinarians in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of veterinarians in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of veterinarians in state of California ranges from $67,640 to $140,530. The highest paying area for veterinarians in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $140,530. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine (mean annual salary $129,080). The lowest paying area is Stockton with a median annual salary of $67,640.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$140,530
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$129,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$127,930
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$122,710
Yuba City
$122,450
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$122,280
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$120,490
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$119,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$116,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$115,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$114,260
Redding
$112,460
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$110,620
Chico
$109,430
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$105,570
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$105,280
Visalia-Porterville
$104,490
Salinas
$103,190
Bakersfield-Delano
$99,710
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$97,930
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$93,750
Vallejo-Fairfield
$90,130
Modesto
$89,870
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$89,700
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$89,220
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$72,470
Fresno
$72,170
Stockton
$67,640




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