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Highest Paying States for Veterinarians

The highest paying states for veterinarians (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of veterinarians in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $164,600, Hawaii is the highest paying state for veterinarians. It is followed by Rhode Island (average annual salary $121,670). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of veterinarians in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Veterinarians

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Hawaii
$164,600
$76,440 280
2 Rhode Island
$121,670
$74,180 190
3 New Jersey
$114,320
$58,630 1,830
4 New York
$109,160
$60,630 3,190
5 California
$107,580
$65,400 6,480
6 Connecticut
$103,610
$71,240 700
7 Massachusetts
$102,950
$64,360 1,450
8 Maryland
$100,980
$53,080 1,740
9 Pennsylvania
$99,850
$47,430 2,990
10 District of Columbia
$99,240
$32,430 110
11 Alaska
$99,190
$72,270 190
12 Delaware
$98,450
$66,710 220
13 New Hampshire
$97,730
$59,920 440
14 South Carolina
$96,580
$62,490 760
15 Arizona
$95,980
$58,050 1,360
16 Texas
$95,520
$60,350 4,210
17 Virginia
$94,850
$66,350 2,670
18 Vermont
$94,720
$68,600 190
19 New Mexico
$93,820
$53,740 370
20 Nevada
$92,870
$57,560 540
21 Puerto Rico
$92,840
$52,360 60
22 North Dakota
$92,160
$66,920 230
23 Ohio
$92,090
$48,460 2,870
24 Washington
$89,570
$60,870 1,550
25 Florida
$89,060
$52,270 4,310
26 Missouri
$88,590
$43,570 1,560
27 Illinois
$87,900
$63,040 2,800
28 Minnesota
$86,650
$55,520 1,340
29 North Carolina
$86,130
$59,440 2,880
30 West Virginia
$85,980
$56,910 330
31 Indiana
$84,980
$41,560 1,370
32 Colorado
$83,030
$52,660 2,120
33 Alabama
$82,260
$55,360 980
34 Idaho
$81,370
$38,740 400
35 Wisconsin
$81,230
$56,540 1,760
36 Georgia
$81,070
$47,230 1,950
37 Maine
$80,690
$61,510 360
38 Iowa
$79,740
$54,510 1,160
39 Michigan
$79,620
$43,860 2,050
40 Kentucky
$79,250
$47,190 940
41 Tennessee
$79,070
$53,110 1,560
42 Kansas
$78,450
$40,170 780
43 Oregon
$77,990
$50,540 1,410
44 Oklahoma
$76,340
$45,700 990
45 South Dakota
$76,220
$53,670 230
46 Utah
$76,170
$30,060 390
47 Mississippi
$75,980
$41,590 450
48 Wyoming
$75,440
$40,420 200
49 Louisiana
$73,110
$53,110 840
50 Nebraska
$71,160
$44,910 690
51 Montana
$69,600
$34,630 390
52 Arkansas
$68,230
$32,690 580
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