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Salary, Wages, Pay: Veterinarians




Median annual earnings of veterinarians were $66,590 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $51,420 and $88,060. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $39,020, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $118,430.

According to a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association, average starting salaries of veterinary medical college graduates in 2004 varied by type of practice as follows:

Small animals, predominantly $50,878
Small animals, exclusively 50,703
Large animals, exclusively 50,403
Private clinical practice 49,635
Large animals, predominantly 48,529
Mixed animals 47,704
Equine (horses) 38,628

The average annual salary for veterinarians in the Federal Government in nonsupervisory, supervisory, and managerial positions was $78,769 in 2005.