Veterinarians Salary Information

The salary statistics of veterinarians are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of veterinarians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The veterinarians annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Veterinarians Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,980
25th Percentile Wage
$70,810
50th Percentile Wage
$90,420
75th Percentile Wage
$118,600
90th Percentile Wage
$159,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for veterinarians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) veterinarians is $159,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $90,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,980. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 195% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$90,420
1.82% 6.59%
2016
$88,770
0.32% -
2015
$88,490
1.02% -
2014
$87,590
1.08% -
2013
$86,640
2.52% -
2012
$84,460
- -

Table 2. Veterinarians Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of veterinarians in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for veterinarians occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $118,750. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $74,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$118,750
Health Care and Social Assistance
$108,680
Manufacturing
$103,350
Wholesale Trade
$101,930
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$98,050
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$90,540
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$89,590
Federal, State, and Local Government
$89,010
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$87,550
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$85,070
Educational Services
$84,230
Retail Trade
$74,510

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Veterinarians by States

From the above tables we note that not only veterinarians salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of veterinarians in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $68,230 to $164,600. The highest paying state for veterinarians is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $164,600. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $68,230. For more salary information of veterinarians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$164,600
Rhode Island
$121,670
New Jersey
$114,320
New York
$109,160
California
$107,580
Connecticut
$103,610
Massachusetts
$102,950
Maryland
$100,980
Pennsylvania
$99,850
District of Columbia
$99,240
Alaska
$99,190
Delaware
$98,450
New Hampshire
$97,730
South Carolina
$96,580
Arizona
$95,980
Texas
$95,520
Virginia
$94,850
Vermont
$94,720
New Mexico
$93,820
Nevada
$92,870
Puerto Rico
$92,840
North Dakota
$92,160
Ohio
$92,090
Washington
$89,570
Florida
$89,060
Missouri
$88,590
Illinois
$87,900
Minnesota
$86,650
North Carolina
$86,130
West Virginia
$85,980
Indiana
$84,980
Colorado
$83,030
Alabama
$82,260
Idaho
$81,370
Wisconsin
$81,230
Georgia
$81,070
Maine
$80,690
Iowa
$79,740
Michigan
$79,620
Kentucky
$79,250
Tennessee
$79,070
Kansas
$78,450
Oregon
$77,990
Oklahoma
$76,340
South Dakota
$76,220
Utah
$76,170
Mississippi
$75,980
Wyoming
$75,440
Louisiana
$73,110
Nebraska
$71,160
Montana
$69,600
Arkansas
$68,230



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