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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 among California metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$60,920
25th Percentile Wage
$79,010
50th Percentile Wage
$104,640
75th Percentile Wage
$141,980
90th Percentile Wage
$199,190

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 $199,190. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $104,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $60,920.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29.29
25th Percentile Wage
$37.99
50th Percentile Wage
$50.31
75th Percentile Wage
$68.26
90th Percentile Wage
$95.76

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for veterinarians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $95.76. The median hourly salary is $50.31. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29.29.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of veterinarians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016104,6401.62%8.01%
2015102,9400.28%-
2014102,6503.04%-
201399,5303.29%-
201296,260--

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 $63,980 to $176,260. The highest paying area for veterinarians in California is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $176,260. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine (mean annual salary $129,080). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $63,980.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$176,260
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$129,080
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$120,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$118,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$117,530
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$117,240
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$116,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$115,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$113,780
Salinas
$112,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$110,920
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$107,110
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$106,340
Redding
$105,350
Chico
$102,640
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$98,880
Modesto
$95,550
Vallejo-Fairfield
$92,780
Fresno
$92,360
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$84,720
Bakersfield-Delano
$81,810
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$80,160
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$78,760
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$72,470
Visalia-Porterville
$71,740
Stockton
$67,890
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$63,980


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