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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1131 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.


National estimates for Veterinarians
Industry profile for Veterinarians
Geographic profile for Veterinarians

National estimates for Veterinarians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Veterinarians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
77,260 1.0 % $ 52.84 $ 109,920 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Veterinarians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.21 $ 37.94 $ 48.26 $ 61.74 $ 79.62
Annual Wage (2) $ 60,760 $ 78,920 $ 100,370 $ 128,410 $ 165,600


Industry profile for Veterinarians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Veterinarians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Veterinarians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Veterinarians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 71,300 9.35 $ 53.16 $ 110,580
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,180 0.06 $ 47.12 $ 98,000
Social Advocacy Organizations 900 0.40 $ 48.38 $ 100,630
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 670 0.03 $ 46.07 $ 95,830
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 660 0.02 $ 43.39 $ 90,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Veterinarians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 71,300 9.35 $ 53.16 $ 110,580
Social Advocacy Organizations 900 0.40 $ 48.38 $ 100,630
Support Activities for Animal Production 80 0.27 $ 55.82 $ 116,100
Other Personal Services 660 0.22 $ 47.34 $ 98,460
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 180 0.14 $ 42.45 $ 88,290

Top paying industries for Veterinarians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $ 67.53 $ 140,470
Scientific Research and Development Services 390 0.05 $ 65.23 $ 135,670
Spectator Sports 30 0.03 $ 59.02 $ 122,770
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $ 57.14 $ 118,840
Support Activities for Animal Production 80 0.27 $ 55.82 $ 116,100


Geographic profile for Veterinarians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Veterinarians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Veterinarians, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of veterinarians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Veterinarians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,620 0.46 0.84 $ 60.91 $ 126,690
Texas 5,400 0.44 0.81 $ 54.67 $ 113,720
Florida 4,790 0.56 1.02 $ 52.08 $ 108,320
New York 3,640 0.42 0.77 $ 62.12 $ 129,210
Ohio 3,330 0.64 1.17 $ 47.12 $ 98,010


Map of location quotient of veterinarians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Veterinarians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 400 1.40 2.54 $ 48.43 $ 100,730
Montana 550 1.17 2.14 $ 39.46 $ 82,070
New Hampshire 570 0.89 1.63 $ 54.76 $ 113,910
Colorado 2,320 0.89 1.61 $ 47.45 $ 98,690
Maine 510 0.87 1.58 $ 51.73 $ 107,600


Map of annual mean wages of veterinarians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Veterinarians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 80 0.13 0.23 $ 65.95 $ 137,170
Connecticut 920 0.59 1.07 $ 64.45 $ 134,050
Rhode Island 250 0.55 1.01 $ 62.44 $ 129,880
New York 3,640 0.42 0.77 $ 62.12 $ 129,210
New Jersey 1,770 0.46 0.84 $ 61.23 $ 127,360



Map of employment of veterinarians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Veterinarians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,190 0.37 0.67 $ 65.55 $ 136,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,100 0.37 0.67 $ 58.53 $ 121,750
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,860 0.44 0.80 $ 51.42 $ 106,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,690 0.58 1.05 $ 63.19 $ 131,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,530 0.43 0.78 $ 55.67 $ 115,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,410 0.54 0.99 $ 52.63 $ 109,460
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,380 0.53 0.97 $ 56.78 $ 118,100
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,360 0.51 0.93 $ 60.62 $ 126,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,220 0.42 0.77 $ 56.72 $ 117,980
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,220 0.50 0.90 $ 51.70 $ 107,530


Map of location quotient of veterinarians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Veterinarians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ames, IA 90 2.13 3.88 $ 32.31 $ 67,210
Corvallis, OR 60 1.68 3.06 $ 49.38 $ 102,710
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 180 1.57 2.86 $ 48.69 $ 101,280
Fort Collins, CO 250 1.54 2.81 $ 44.79 $ 93,160
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 70 1.32 2.41 $ 53.35 $ 110,970
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.26 2.30 $ 52.67 $ 109,540
Santa Rosa, CA 240 1.24 2.26 $ 67.47 $ 140,340
Auburn-Opelika, AL 70 1.22 2.22 $ 48.07 $ 99,990
Lexington-Fayette, KY 310 1.21 2.21 $ 53.26 $ 110,790
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 110 1.21 2.21 $ 62.56 $ 130,130