The BLS reports that veterinarians earned a median salary of $86,640 in 2013. The best-paid veterinarians earned $149,530, while the lowest-paid earned $53,270. Veterinarians working in scientific research tend to be among the highest paid. Top-paying metropolitan areas include Honolulu; Santa Barbara, California; and San Francisco. With an average salary of $96,140 in 2013, veterinarians earned a healthy take-home pay for health care jobs. While they earned less than physicians ($188,440), they made about three times the pay of veterinary technologists ($31,760) in 2013. They made about the same average salary as physician assistants ($94,530).