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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Veterinarians Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,470
25th Percentile Wage
$69,240
50th Percentile Wage
$88,770
75th Percentile Wage
$118,460
90th Percentile Wage
$161,070

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 $161,070. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $88,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,470. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 206% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201688,7700.32%4.86%
201588,4901.02%-
201487,5901.08%-
201386,6402.52%-
201284,460--

Table 2. Veterinarians Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of veterinarians in 10 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 manufacturing sector with an annual salary $110,990. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $84,020).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$110,990
Health Care and Social Assistance
$103,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$99,170
Wholesale Trade
$95,140
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$89,900
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,860
Educational Services
$88,000
Federal, State, and Local Government
$86,860
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$86,570
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$84,020

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 $65,150 to $184,350. The highest paying state for veterinarians is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $184,350. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $65,150. For more salary information of veterinarians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$184,350
Rhode Island
$121,200
New York
$115,100
New Jersey
$114,840
Maryland
$112,330
Massachusetts
$110,030
California
$104,640
Vermont
$104,190
Connecticut
$102,580
New Hampshire
$100,840
Alaska
$99,320
Pennsylvania
$99,310
Delaware
$98,980
District of Columbia
$97,610
Florida
$94,590
Texas
$93,490
South Carolina
$92,490
New Mexico
$92,330
Nevada
$92,000
Virginia
$91,790
North Dakota
$87,830
Ohio
$86,430
Maine
$86,280
Puerto Rico
$85,220
Arizona
$85,110
Washington
$84,820
Indiana
$84,420
West Virginia
$83,790
North Carolina
$82,850
Oklahoma
$82,640
Minnesota
$82,470
Idaho
$82,330
Illinois
$82,250
Colorado
$80,160
Michigan
$80,030
Iowa
$80,010
Missouri
$79,320
Wisconsin
$78,960
Kentucky
$78,850
Tennessee
$77,760
Georgia
$77,530
Oregon
$77,380
Utah
$77,310
Alabama
$75,900
Mississippi
$75,720
Wyoming
$74,070
South Dakota
$73,230
Kansas
$72,510
Louisiana
$72,110
Nebraska
$70,810
Montana
$69,180
Arkansas
$65,150


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