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 amongst California 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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$65,400|
|25th Percentile Wage||$84,760|
|50th Percentile Wage||$107,580|
|75th Percentile Wage||$139,850|
|90th Percentile Wage||$188,510|
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 $188,510. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $107,580. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,400.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of veterinarians from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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 $67,640 to $140,530. The highest paying area for veterinarians in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $140,530. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine (mean annual salary $129,080). The lowest paying area is Stockton with a median annual salary of $67,640.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|Yuba City|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |