Veterinary Surgeon Salary Survey
United Kingdom - Below
January 2024 Update
To attract, develop, and retain veterinary professional talent – Veterinary Surgeons, Nurses, and Techs – it’s essential that you get compensation and benefits right. Although salary and pay scales are not the sole drivers of recruitment success or job satisfaction, they remain a key element, together with flexible scheduling, a supportive and collaborative team, a genuine commitment to work-life balance, and more.
Our Veterinary Surgeon Salary Survey is prepared twice yearly in January and July and is assembled from a range of publicly available sources together with our own data so as to provide a broad guide to employees and employers as to the overall market and any variance in half-yearly trends. Note that this is “raw data” and does not take into consideration specific variances in qualifications, experience, specialty expertise, or location.
Explore our latest January 2024 Veterinary Surgeon Salary Survey for the United Kingdom…
The ranges presented below are based on General Practice Small Animal Veterinarians with 1 – 4 years of experience. As a guide to more senior roles, you should add a 25%+ factor for 5+ years of experience, 35%+ where there is a significant surgery component, and a 50%+ factor for specialty roles such as Emergency, Referral, Surgical, Medicine, or other specialist veterinarian roles such as Oncology or Ophthalmology.
United Kingdom – January 2024
January 2024 Salary Data:
- Low Range – Mid Point:: £41,000
- Mid Range – Mid Point: £61,000
- High Range – Mid Point: £84,000
Trend Analysis (2022-2024):
- Low-End Salary has shown fluctuations from £37,000 in January 2022, peaking at £43,000 in July 2023, and slightly reducing to £41,000 by January 2024. This indicates some volatility in starting salaries, possibly reflecting changes in demand or adjustments in entry-level positions.
- Average Salary has gradually increased from £55,000 in January 2022 to £61,000 by January 2024. This steady growth suggests a positive trend in the median compensation for veterinarians, indicating an overall healthy demand for veterinary professionals in the region.
- High-End Salary experienced a drop from £79,000 in January 2022 to £71,000 in July 2022, followed by a recovery to £84,000 by January 2024. This recovery highlights a resilience in the market for highly experienced or specialized veterinarians, with salary offerings bouncing back to attract top-tier talent.
Potential Expectations for the Next 12 Months:
- The salary trends indicate a general upward movement in compensation for veterinarians in the UK & Europe, albeit with some fluctuations, particularly at the low and high ends. This could be attributed to market adjustments in response to economic conditions, regulatory changes, or shifts in the supply and demand for veterinary professionals.
- The average salary’s consistent growth reflects a stable demand for veterinary services and professionals. This trend is likely to continue, supported by an increasing emphasis on animal welfare, the expansion of veterinary services, and technological advancements in veterinary medicine.
- Given the recovery in high-end salaries and a slight adjustment in low-end salaries, the next 12 months may see continued adjustments as the market stabilizes. Employers may need to focus on competitive compensation packages, considering not just base salary but also benefits, professional development opportunities, and work-life balance to attract and retain talent.
The veterinarian salary trends in the UK & Europe from January 2020 to January 2024 indicate a healthy and dynamic market. While there are fluctuations, the overall trend is positive, suggesting a growing recognition of the value provided by veterinary professionals. Practices and organizations should remain adaptable, monitoring market trends and adjusting their compensation strategies to ensure they remain attractive to both new entrants and experienced veterinarians.
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Our Veterinarian Salary analysis is prepared by reviewing publicly available data from multiple Veterinary Salary Survey data sources plus our own data to provide a range of low-range, mid-range, and upper-range tiers as a national benchmark.
Note that this is “raw data” and does not take into consideration variances in qualifications, experience, specialty expertise, or location.
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Note: Glassdoor, Indeed, Payscale, Talent.com, and ERI – Economic Research Institute are business entities that publish publicly available information about salary data. We present these publicly available materials in fair use in a single location together with our own data as research to advance the understanding of the range of salary levels for Veterinarians in the United States. These business entities have not endorsed this Veterinarian Salary Survey nor any implication that may or may not be derived from the materials.