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The BLS reports that veterinarians earned a median salary of $84,460 in 2012. The best-paid veterinarians earned $144,100, while the lowest-paid earned $51,530. Veterinarians working in scientific research development services, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and wholesale electronic markets tend to be among the highest paid. Top-paying metropolitan areas include Cape Coral, Fla., Visalia, Calif., and Palm Coast, Fla.

Job Salary Year
2004 $75,400.00
2006 $82,200.00
2008 $90,100.00
2010 $92,640.00
2012 $93,250.00

Average Veterinarian Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary of $93,250, veterinarians earn a healthy salary for health care jobs. While they earn less than physicians ($184,820), they earn more than double the pay of veterinary technologists ($31,470) and an amount similar to physician assistants ($92,460).

Job Name Salary
Physician $187,199.00
Veterinarian $84,460.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Epidemiologist $65,270.00
Veterinary Technologist and Technician $30,290.00

Best Paying Cities for Veterinarians

The highest paid in the veterinarian profession work in the metropolitan areas of Cape Coral, Fla., Visalia, Calif., and Palm Coast, Fla. The San Francisco area also pays well, as does the city of New Haven, Conn.

Cape Coral, Fla.

Average Salary: $166,840 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a veterinarian working in Cape Coral, Fla. is $166,840, which is $82,380 more than the average pay in the profession.

Visalia, Calif.

Average Salary: $147,660 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a veterinarian working in Visalia, Calif. is $147,660, which is $63,200 more than the average pay in the profession.

Palm Coast, Fla.

Average Salary: $147,350 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a veterinarian working in Palm Coast, Fla. is $147,350, which is $62,890 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $138,050 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a veterinarian working in San Francisco is $138,050, which is $53,590 more than the average pay in the profession.

New Haven, Conn.

Average Salary: $136,680 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a veterinarian working in New Haven, Conn. is $136,680, which is $52,220 more than the average pay in the profession.

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