Is the cost of this degree worth the salary it leads to?

After graduation, veterinary medicine graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $92,614, while the bottom 20% make closer to $23,551. The median grad salary is $46,704.

Veterinary Medicine graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine is $32,615, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $53,045.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for veterinary medicine graduates

The highest paying career for veterinary medicine graduates is veterinarian, with top salaries averaging around $103,796.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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