According to a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association, average starting salaries for veterinary medical college graduates in 2011 in different private specialties were as follows:
|Food animal exclusive||$71,096|
|Companion animal exclusive||69,789|
|Companion animal predominant||69,654|
|Food animal predominant||67,338|
The average annual wage for veterinarians in the federal government was $88,340 in May 2010.
Veterinarians often work long hours. Some work nights or weekends, and they may have to respond to emergencies outside of scheduled work hours. About 1 in 4 veterinarians worked more than 50 hours per week in 2010.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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