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.

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.

For more information on the Veterinary Salary Estimator check out our FAQ. 

Get started by answering 8 quick questions.

Please indicate the average number of hours you work per week.

Hours:

How many years of experience do you have?

The data in the estimator tool applies to early career veterinarians with 1-6 years of experience. For less than 1 year of experience, please use the AVMA Veterinary Salary Estimator for Veterinary Students.

Experience

Geographic region is correlated to higher or lower starting salaries. Regions are defined by the starting number of the ZIP code. Living expenses vary greatly between and within regions. Research the cost-of-living in your desired areas so that you are adequately informed.
State:

State:

What is your practice type?

Select the practice type in which you are currently employed in or the practice type in which you are looking for employment.

PRIVATE PRACTICE:

  • Companion Animal Exclusive: >90% of species contact is canine, feline, or exotic (including non-poultry avian)
  • Companion Animal Predominant: >50% of species contact is canine, feline, or exotic (including non-poultry avian)
  • Equine Practice: >90% of species contact is equine
  • Food Animal Exclusive: >90% of species contact is a combination of bovine, porcine, ovine, caprine, cervid, camelid, or poultry
  • Food Animal Predominant: >50% of species contact is a combination of bovine, porcine, ovine, caprine, cervid, camelid, or poultry
  • Mixed Practice: species contact includes at least 25% companion animal and 25% either food animal or equine

PUBLIC PRACTICE:

  • College or University (employed by a college, i.e. professor or researcher)
  • Federal Government (employed by the U.S. Government)
  • Industry (veterinary or pet industry companies, such as pharmaceuticals)
  • Not-For-Profit (i.e. 501c3 or 501c6)
  • State or Local Government (employed by a state or local government)
  • Uniformed Services
  • Other public practice (any public practice not listed above)

Practice Type:

Do you have another degree outside of DVM or Bachelor's degree?

Indicate whether you have successfully completed an additional degree.

Additional Degrees:

Additional Degrees:

Have you completed residency?

Indicate whether you have successfully completed a residency program, regardless if whether you have passed your specialty boards.

Residency:

Residency:

Are you board-certified?

Indicate whether you have a board certification.

Certification:

Certification:

Are you a practice owner?

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Indicate whether or not you are an owner of a practice.

Ownership:

Ownership:

Based on the information provided, the following is the estimated salary range:

25th percentile:

Median:

75th percentile:

For the 25th percentile income level, this income is higher than 25% of the earners in your demographic.

For the median income level, this income is higher than 50% of the earners in your demographic.

For the 75th percentile income level, this income is higher than 75% of the earners in your demographic.

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