As a veterinarian treating and diagnosing conditions in the more than 100 species of aquatic or marine mammals, your salary is comparable to what veterinarians in general earn, based from median salary data from the American Veterinary Medical Association for 2009. Your salary as a vet will, however, exceed other marine-related career options, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Sea Grant Program.
You'll make anywhere from $100,000 to $125,000 annually as an aquatic medicine-focused vet, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Sea Grant information from 2009. These figures are in line with median salary figures for veterinarians, regardless of specialty area. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association data, vets in private practice earned $97,000, while vets in the public or corporate arena earned $107,000 in 2009.
Related Careers Comparison
Marine biology, the scientific study of salt water organisms, is considered a related career path. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as a marine biologist (which falls under the category of "biological scientist") you'll earn a median salary of $66,510. According to Sea Grant, other career paths include oceanography and ocean engineering. Under the "geoscientists" category, you can expect to earn a median salary of $81,220 as an oceanographer, according to bureau information from 2009. As a marine engineer (one type of ocean engineering) you'll earn $74,330, according to median salary date from the bureau for 2009.
Regardless if you become a marine mammal veterinarian, a companion animal veterinarian or a scientist like a marine biologist, your salary exceeds the median salary of all American workers, taken together, across industries and occupations. The bureau reports in 2009 the 130.6 million U.S. workers earned $32,864, based off a median hourly salary of $15.95 and a full-time, year-round figure of 2,080 hours.
You may assume that, as a marine mammal veterinarian, you are a board-certified specialist; however, the AVMA reports this area of focus is not among the 21 specialties recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties as of 2011. Zoological medicine is recognized by the ABVS, and counts among its member-specialists veterinarians who work in oceanariums and aquariums. Generally speaking, specialists earn more than non-specialist vets. Only behaviorists and zoological medicine specialists earn less--at $90,000 annually--according to the website DVM 360 in a 2007 report. For 17 of 20 AVMA specialties, the average income surpassed $110,000 with some specialists--such as nutritionists--earning more than $200,000 annually, according to DVM 360.
- Sea Grant Marine Careers: Researcher Profile
- American Veterinary Medical Association: Market Research Statistics
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Biological Scientists, All Other Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Marine Engineers & Naval Architects Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009
- DVM 360: Specialists top DVMs in Long-Term Income; Krista Schultz; September 2007
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Animal Careers & Salaries
If you are not the type who likes to work in an office and have a love of animals, then consider a...
What Is the Yearly Salary of a Dolphin Trainer?
Dolphins are known for their intelligence, playfulness and curiosity about human beings. These qualities make them highly trainable and generally the star...
Marine Mammal Training Job Description
Marine mammal trainers train animals such as dolphins, sea lions and seals. They work in zoos, aquariums and other wildlife facilities. They...
Interesting Facts About Marine Veterinarians
Marine veterinary medicine, also called aquatic animal medicine, is an emerging specialty within the veterinary field. This specialty serves the needs of...
The Average Salary for Zoology of Marine Mammals
Zoologists and wildlife biologists, including marine biologists, study the behavior, genetics and life cycle of animals and wildlife, and determine how human...
Salary for a Dolphin Veterinarian
Dolphins are marine mammals, with an intelligence, playful behavior and social structure that make them popular in marine theme parks, aquariums and...
Annual Salary of a Marine Animal Trainer
Marine animal trainers work with dolphins, sea lions, whales and other marine mammals. The training work allows people to see the talents...
The Average Salary of an Aquatic Vet
An aquatic, or marine, veterinarian specializes in the treatment and preventative care of marina animals. She may work for an aquarium, zoo,...
The Average Salary of a Marine Veterinarian
A marine veterinarian, also called an aquatic animal vet, treats captive marine animals, surgically and medicinally treating diseases and injuries they contract,...
The Average Salary of a Zoo Veterinarian
Touted as a dream job in an article by USA Today, a zoo veterinarian isn’t always liked by his patients, especially when...
Salary and Benefits of Marine Mammal Training
Marine mammal trainers have a variety of job responsibilities. A typical day includes helping prepare their animals' food as well as manually...