Veterinarians and veterinary partners are expected to see an increase in pay from $19,000 to $25,000, according to a new study from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
In addition, some veterinarians and their partners earn more than the average in the U.S. A vet who works at an average hospital can earn $50,000 or more in the past decade, the report says.
“These increases in compensation for veterinary partners could result in higher salaries for veterinarians in the future,” said Dr. Michael K. Shalev, a veterinary associate professor at the University of Minnesota and lead author of the report.
He and colleagues surveyed more than 3,000 veterinarians, who were asked to estimate their total compensation and expected annual compensation in 2020.
The study found that veterinarians earned $22,000 more than they did a decade ago and $33,000 less than they do today.
Shales group estimated that average salaries for veterinary workers will increase by 4.7% annually from 2020 to 2024, to $44,400 for veterinaries and $50 for their partners.
In contrast, the average salary for all U.,N.
employees will decrease by 0.8% annually.
Shakes study was published online Wednesday in the journal Veterinary Care.
A spokesperson for the American Animal Hospital Association, which represents veterinary hospitals, said it was not aware of the study and could not comment on it.
The AHA is not alone in its criticism of higher veterinary salaries.
A recent study from Cornell University found that veterinary professionals in the United States are making about 17% less per year than their counterparts in other developed countries, such as the United Kingdom, France and Italy.
And the American Medical Association is investigating whether veterinarians are being paid less than their colleagues in the private sector.
“We believe that veterinarian compensation is undervalued and should be treated with the same consideration as other medical professionals,” said the AHA’s president, Dr. Donald Reardon, in a statement.
Veterinarian salaries have been rising for years in some states, such at the medical center where Dr. Shalson works in Dallas.
In 2016, the median pay for a private, for-profit veterinarian in Texas was $107,900, up from $73,900 a decade earlier, according the American Society of Veterinology.
But the state is also the only one in the country that requires private, non-profit hospitals to pay their veterinarians a living wage of at least $9 an hour, according an AHA report.
The median salary for a vet working in a private practice is $109,600.
In states with no minimum wage, the annual pay for the average vet in 2017 was $25.86 million.
Veterins also are not paid overtime, as they are for non-invasive tests.
And most private hospitals require that their veteriners spend 90% of their time at their facilities, not at a clinic.
The average time spent working at a private facility in 2017, for a registered veterinarian working in an average practice, was 15.6 hours, or 24% of his or her work day.
“There’s a lot of work to be done to make sure that we get the pay and benefits that we’re entitled to,” Shalsons research assistant, Lisa Cottrell, told the AP.
She added that there are more than 1,000 registered veterinarians nationwide and that the demand for veteriners is high.
“Vets are very important to our economy and to the environment and we need to be able to take care of our health and safety, and that’s why we need them to work very, very hard,” she said.