Global Vet Salary Report 2022

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The Global Vet Salary Report for 2022 highlights some interesting facts across the industry. The report aims to uncover salary ranges and hourly rates for veterinary surgeons, vet nurse practitioners and locums worldwide.

Reports like this are invaluable to students and experienced workers in the sector. They establish a starting point for salary negotiations, help to reduce the gender pay gap, and allow locums to set a fair price for their services.

So which countries have the highest salaries for veterinarians?

And how do global vet jobs salary rates compare across permanent and locum roles?

This data was compiled by global vet recruitment agency The Vet Service using client salary data (English-speaking roles only). Currency conversions into USD from local currency, all client data accurate as of August 2022. Please feel free to use on your site with reference to The Vet Service.

Permanent
New Graduate Salary
(1 - 2 years experience)
Permanent
Vet Salary
(2 - 10 years
experience)
Permanent
Experienced Vet Salary
(10+ years experience)
Locum / Relief Pay Rate
Per Day
USA USD $95,000 - $110,000USD $110,000 -
$140,000
USD $150,000 -
$200,000
USD $400 – $1000
UK GBP£26,000 - £36,000
(USD $31,300 - $43,400)
GBP £40,000 - £55,000
(USD $48,000 - $66,000)
GBP £50,000 - £70,000
(USD $60,000 - $84,000)
GBP £300 - £500
(USD $360 -$600)
New Zealand NZD $65,000 - $80,000

(USD $40,000 -$50,00)
NZD$90,000 - $120,000

(USD 56,500 - $75,000)
NZD$100,000 -
$130,000
(USD $62,000 - $82,000)
NZD $350 - $700

(USD $220 - $440)
AustraliaAUD $80,000 - $85,000

(USD $55,000 - $58,000)
AUD$85,000 – $100,000
(USD $58,000 - $69,000)
AUD$100,000 -
$150,000
(USD $69,000 - $104,00)
AUD $500 - $750
(USD $345 - $520)
CanadaCAD $100,000 - $130,000
(USD $77,000 - $100,000)
CAD$130,000 -
$150,000
(USD $100,000 - $116,000)
CAD$150,000 -
$200,000
(USD $116,000 - $154,000)
CAD$400 – $800
(USD $310 - $618)
Hong KongHKD $500,000 - $650,000
(USD $63,00 - $82,000)
HKD $650,000 –
$960,000
(USD $82,000 - $122,000)
HKD $860,000 -
$1,200,000
(USD $109,000 - $152,000)
N/A
IrelandEUR €40,000 - €45,000
(USD $40,500 – $45,500)
EUR €45,000 - €60,000
(USD $45,500 – $60,700)
EUR €50,000 - €90,000
(USD $50,600 – $91,100)
EUR €250 - €400
(USD $253 - $405)
UAE AED120,000 – 160,000
(USD $32,000 - $43,000)
AED 180,000 - 220,000
(USD $49,000 - $60,000)
260,000 – 350,000
(USD $70,000 - $95,000)
N/A
QatarQAR 200,000 – 240,000
(USD $55,000 - $65,000)
QAR 260,000 – 345,000
(USD $71,000 - $95,000)
QAR 360,000 – 450,000
(USD $98,000 - $122,000)
N/A
South AfricaZAR 350,000 – 420,000
(USD $20,100 - $25,000)
ZAR 450,000 – 500,000
(USD $26,800 – 29,8000)
ZAR 700,000 – 1,000,000
(USD $42,000 - $59,500)
N/A

Veterinary Salary Report Summary

What are the highest-paying countries for veterinarians?

The salaries for veterinary surgeons have risen significantly over the past 12 months. The average veterinary surgeon's salary across the countries surveyed now stands at around $68,000 (£56,000) for vets with 2-5 years of experience.

But there are wide variations across these countries. Veterinarians in the United States ($110,000), the highest place on the list, earn more than four times the amount of colleagues in South Africa ($26,800), the last of the 10 countries surveyed.

Vets in the United Kingdom are also shown to earn significantly less than colleagues in countries with a similar demographic. The country comes 8th on the list of 10 countries above South Africa and the UAE with salaries in the £48,000 - £66,000 range.

Here is a look at the top 3 highest paying countries for veterinarians based on experience:

Permanent: New Graduates:

1. United States: $95,000 - $110,000 (£79,000) - (£91,000)

2. Canada: $77,000 - $100,000 (£64,000) - (£83,000)

3. Qatar: $55,000 - $65,000 (£45,000) - (£54,000)

Permanent: 2-10 years experience:

1. United States: $110,000 - $140,000 (£91,000) - (£116,000)

2. Canada: $100,000 - $116,000 (£83,000) - (£96,000)

3. Qatar: $71,000 - $95,000 (£59,000) - (£79,000)

Permanent: 10+ years experience:

1. United States: $150,000 - $200,000 (£124,000) - (£166,000)

2. Canada: $116,000 - $154,000 (£96,000) - (£128,000)

3. Qatar: $98,000 - $122,000 (£82,000) - (£102,000)

What are the Best Day Rates for Locum Vets Worldwide?

Pay rates for locums have also risen sharply over the past 12 months. This highlights how working practices are changing across the industry. More vets are choosing to work as locums, with increased flexibility in working hours cited as the reason.

The United Kingdom fares much more favourably when locum rates are taken into consideration. Locums in the UK are paid between £300 - £500 per day, which puts them in the second position just behind the United States (£333 - £832).

Locum/Relief day rate:

1. United States: $400 - $1000 (£333) - (£832)

2. United Kingdom: £300 - £500

3. Canada: $310 - $618 (£258) - (£514)

How does Pay Vary Between Different States/Regions?

As well as country-wide differences there are also a large variation in salaries between states and regions. In the United Kingdom, for example, vets in Scotland are paid around 20% less than similarly qualified vets in England and Wales.

In North America, vets working in South Carolina earn around 30% more than vets working in Oklahoma. The difference can likely be explained by the amount of arable vs livestock farming in these regions.

It is also worth mentioning that there are variations in cost of living between countries and even within areas of countries which are not outlined in this report and this is a factor you should always consider when assessing salary levels - if you want to speak more about salary vs. cost of living speak to a vet recruitment specialist.

Summary: Global Vet Salaries on the Rise

The outlook for veterinary employment in all major regions across the world remains good. Salaries are increasing across the board for both permanent and locum positions.

But the best-paid jobs remain in highly productive areas such as the USA and Canada and Qatar, although Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the Middle East are also highly competitive.

Get in touch with The Vet Service today to see how we can find your ideal veterinary position worldwide.