The salary range for veterinary careers varies widely depending on many factors. Of course, your salary will be drastically different depending on whether you choose a career as a veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinarian assistant or veterinary office manager. The pay range will also vary depending on such factors as location, experience, merit, bonuses, commission and profit sharing.
A veterinarian will make the most money out of all these professions, of course, but they must also complete eight years of schooling to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Next in line is the veterinary technician, who is basically a nurse for animals and must earn at least a two-year degree and pass a state administered exam. Most veterinary techs earn an Associate of Science, but there are also diploma and certificate programs at vocational schools that will qualify you for certain jobs. Some veterinary technicians even earn a Bachelor of Science, which takes four years. Veterinarian assistants must only complete a certification program, which can be completed in a year or less. A veterinary office manager does not need any formal training in veterinary science, but business training and experience working with animals will help.
As a veterinarian, you can expect to earn within the range of $58,726 to $88,170 per year including salary, bonuses, commission and profit sharing, if applicable. With more experience and loyal clients, you may earn more. Veterinary technician salaries depend on experience even more. A vet tech with less than one year of experience may earn between $20,225 and $30,520, but those with 10 to 19 years of experience can earn more than $44,000 per year. The average salary for veterinary assistants of all skill and experience levels is between $21,000 and $32,000 per year. And as a veterinary office manager, you can expect to take home between $29, 915 and $46,875 depending on experience, skills, bonuses, commissions and profit sharing.
There are many careers in the veterinary field. You dont even necessarily need a whole lot of education to get into this field, but if you want to earn top dollar you do.