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Veterinarian Average Salary in United Kingdom 2023

How much money does a Veterinarian make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
86,800 GBP
( 7,230 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Veterinarian in United Kingdom typically earns around 86,800 GBP per year. Salaries range from 45,100 GBP (lowest) to 133,000 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Veterinarian salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Veterinarian Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Veterinarian
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Veterinarian salaries in United Kingdom range from 45,100 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 133,000 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 83,300 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Veterinarian(s) are earning less than 83,300 GBP while the other half are earning more than 83,300 GBP. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Veterinarian(s) are earning less than 57,800 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 57,800 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Veterinarian(s) are earning less than 104,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 104,000 GBP.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Veterinarian Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Veterinarian salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Veterinarian with less than two years of experience makes approximately 51,300 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 68,800 GBP per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 89,400 GBP per year, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Veterinarian(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 108,000 GBP per year, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 118,000 GBP per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 124,000 GBP per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Veterinarian average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
51,300 GBP
2 - 5 Years+34%
68,800 GBP
5 - 10 Years+30%
89,400 GBP
10 - 15 Years+21%
108,000 GBP
15 - 20 Years+9%
118,000 GBP
20+ Years+5%
124,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Veterinarian Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Veterinarian(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Veterinarian salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Veterinarian is 66,200 GBP per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 81,900 GBP per year, 24% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 131,000 GBP per year, 60% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Veterinarian average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

Bachelor's Degree
66,200 GBP
Master's Degree+24%
81,900 GBP
131,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United Kingdom costs anywhere from 29,600 Pound Sterling(s) to 88,700 Pound Sterling(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Veterinarian Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom Veterinarian
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Veterinarian employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

88,700 GBP
84,900 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Veterinarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Veterinarian(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Veterinarian(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United Kingdom / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Veterinarian Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Veterinarian
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A Veterinarian is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

19% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 81% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Veterinarian Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

42 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 42 GBP. This means that the average Veterinarian in United Kingdom earns approximately 42 GBP for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Veterinarian VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Veterinarian and Pet Care yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Veterinarian is 51% more than that of Pet Care. Also, Pet Care salaries are 19% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Animal Breeder69,500 GBP-20%
Animal Caretaker41,400 GBP-52%
Animal Control Officer46,300 GBP-47%
Animal Health Technician53,800 GBP-38%
Animal Scientist98,600 GBP+14%
Kennel Attendant40,000 GBP-54%
Kennel Technician41,100 GBP-53%
Pet Sitter37,500 GBP-57%
Veterinarian86,800 GBP+0%
Veterinary Office Manager89,000 GBP+3%
Veterinary Receptionist40,400 GBP-53%
Veterinary Technician60,900 GBP-30%
Zoo Keeper58,500 GBP-33%
Zoo Veterinarian83,800 GBP-3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen88,900 GBP
Abingdon77,700 GBP
Armagh88,500 GBP
Bangor76,100 GBP
Belfast87,900 GBP
Birmingham96,400 GBP
Bradford94,600 GBP
Brighton86,200 GBP
Bristol95,200 GBP
Cambridge84,600 GBP
Canterbury74,400 GBP
Cardiff88,000 GBP
Chester79,600 GBP
Coventry95,500 GBP
Derby87,100 GBP
Derry81,700 GBP
Dundee80,900 GBP
Durham79,100 GBP
Edinburgh93,000 GBP
Exeter86,300 GBP
Glasgow98,900 GBP
Gloucester80,100 GBP
Hartlepool81,200 GBP
Inverness74,000 GBP
Kingston upon Hull86,400 GBP
Kirkwall74,100 GBP
Leeds94,600 GBP
Leicester94,500 GBP
Lincoln79,600 GBP
Lisburn81,900 GBP
Liverpool94,200 GBP
London99,300 GBP
Manchester90,600 GBP
Newcastle89,700 GBP
Newport83,000 GBP
Newry79,300 GBP
Norwich85,000 GBP
Nottingham87,800 GBP
Oxford85,100 GBP
Peterborough88,900 GBP
Plymouth85,800 GBP
Poole83,800 GBP
Portsmouth90,200 GBP
Ripon73,100 GBP
Salisbury78,300 GBP
Sheffield98,600 GBP
Somerset89,800 GBP
Southampton85,900 GBP
St Davids74,800 GBP
Stirling82,800 GBP
Stromness71,100 GBP
Strontian72,800 GBP
Swansea83,700 GBP
Truro77,000 GBP
Wakefield75,200 GBP
Wells73,000 GBP
Winchester79,100 GBP
Wolverhampton84,500 GBP
York85,100 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England154,000 GBP
Northern Ireland79,300 GBP
Scotland118,000 GBP
Wales82,400 GBP

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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