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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 $184,350, Hawaii is the highest paying state for veterinarians. It is followed by Rhode Island (average annual salary $121,200). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$184,350
$76,090 250
2 Rhode Island
$121,200
$80,940 190
3 New York
$115,100
$61,120 3,030
4 New Jersey
$114,840
$67,760 1,630
5 Maryland
$112,330
$53,420 1,540
6 Massachusetts
$110,030
$63,390 1,590
7 California
$104,640
$60,920 6,360
8 Vermont
$104,190
$49,050 220
9 Connecticut
$102,580
$40,310 740
10 New Hampshire
$100,840
$56,350 400
11 Alaska
$99,320
$66,040 190
12 Pennsylvania
$99,310
$46,810 3,030
13 Delaware
$98,980
$64,100 200
14 District of Columbia
$97,610
$49,710 110
15 Florida
$94,590
$55,480 3,610
16 Texas
$93,490
$56,120 4,450
17 South Carolina
$92,490
$60,980 780
18 New Mexico
$92,330
$55,470 400
19 Nevada
$92,000
$57,110 490
20 Virginia
$91,790
$64,980 2,520
21 North Dakota
$87,830
$51,930 240
22 Ohio
$86,430
$24,030 2,910
23 Maine
$86,280
$59,820 340
24 Puerto Rico
$85,220
$34,700 100
25 Arizona
$85,110
$54,330 1,490
26 Washington
$84,820
$62,450 1,580
27 Indiana
$84,420
$57,370 1,180
28 West Virginia
$83,790
$57,680 300
29 North Carolina
$82,850
$52,060 2,830
30 Oklahoma
$82,640
$42,580 950
31 Minnesota
$82,470
$49,810 1,510
32 Idaho
$82,330
$36,340 460
33 Illinois
$82,250
$57,940 2,620
34 Colorado
$80,160
$38,530 2,050
35 Michigan
$80,030
$45,630 2,080
36 Iowa
$80,010
$52,180 1,270
37 Missouri
$79,320
$43,710 1,580
38 Wisconsin
$78,960
$53,900 1,680
39 Kentucky
$78,850
$35,720 1,020
40 Tennessee
$77,760
$51,780 1,230
41 Georgia
$77,530
$45,550 1,900
42 Oregon
$77,380
$55,920 1,370
43 Utah
$77,310
$53,930 360
44 Alabama
$75,900
$55,610 860
45 Mississippi
$75,720
$44,260 450
46 Wyoming
$74,070
$43,110 200
47 South Dakota
$73,230
$53,370 240
48 Kansas
$72,510
$38,750 720
49 Louisiana
$72,110
$50,390 730
50 Nebraska
$70,810
$46,170 740
51 Montana
$69,180
$35,130 420
52 Arkansas
$65,150
$32,340 610
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