Veterinary Salary Estimator for New Veterinarians
Use this tool to guide salary negotiations or map out different earning scenarios as you begin your veterinary career.
What it is
You’ve graduated veterinary school, but how much can you expect to earn in your new career? The AVMA Veterinary Salary Estimator can provide you with approximate salary ranges to use as a guide for pay negotiations, budgeting and financial planning, through the use of historical data trends.
Who should use it
The salary estimator is the perfect tool for veterinarians in their first 10 years after graduation from veterinary school. Unfortunately, salaries among veterinarians who have been in the workforce longer than that are simply too variable to be analyzed and estimated accurately in this manner. Veterinary students should use the student salary estimator.
How it works
Using our economic data, we’ve identified several key variables that statistically correlate to differences in salaries for veterinarians with 1-6 years of experience in the workforce. This estimator allows you to easily calculate the earnings from different demographic scenarios and is designed to help you address a range of decisions you may encounter—where do you want to live? What type of job do you want? Are you interested in pursuing more formal education? We encourage you to calculate multiple scenarios!
Note: For the scenarios to yield statistically accurate results, you must input all variables in each calculation.
Remember, this information is based on historical averages. The critical word here is averages. An important part of any salary negotiation or career change is to pinpoint your unique skills or experience, determine their value, and include them in your discussions with your current or potential new employer.
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