How Much Do Veterinarians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Veterinarians diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$108350 per year
Hourly wage
$52 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$60,690 to $79,430 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$29 to $38 per hour

Entry-level Veterinarians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $60,690 to $79,430 per year or $29 to $38 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Veterinarians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $79 $164,490
Senior (Top 25%) $61 $126,260
Middle (Mid 50%) $48 $99,250
Junior (Bottom 25%) $38 $79,430
No experience (Bottom 10%) $29 $60,690

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NJ $62 $128,430
MD $62 $128,120
DC $61 $127,310
RI $61 $126,630
OR $59 $122,840
TX $59 $122,530
NY $58 $120,840
VA $58 $119,730
NC $57 $117,690
OH $56 $116,680

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Veterinarian is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NJ might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Veterinarians are in the states of NJ, MD, DC, RI and OR.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Specialty Hospitals $154310 $74.19
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $126000 $60.58
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $122470 $58.88
Scientific Research and Development Services $118500 $56.97
Employment Services $112600 $54.14
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $109060 $52.43
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $109050 $52.43
Management of Companies and Enterprises $108520 $52.17
Spectator Sports $105570 $50.76
Local Government $105350 $50.65
Social Advocacy Organizations $101250 $48.68
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $100040 $48.10
Other Personal Services $99860 $48.01
Federal Executive Branch $97370 $46.81
Support Activities for Animal Production $95950 $46.13
State Government $93810 $45.10
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $93610 $45.00
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $90280 $43.41
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $89900 $43.22

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