I get constant questions about what relief vets charge across the United States. I’m happy to finally offer up some exciting information on that topic!

Earlier in the year, we surveyed all our veterinarian and technician members. We listed a number of salary ranges and then asked: Which range best represents the average going hourly rate in the state(s) you practice? (Note: We specifically did not ask members what they charge themselves. We know people can be shy about disclosing that info, so we focused on their understanding of typical rates.)

We’re releasing four batches of juicy results for you: general practice rates for vets, general practice rates for techs, emergency rates for vets, and emergency rates for techs.

The first batch, general practice rates for vets, is below. The survey was sent to over 2,500 members and shared in relief vet social media groups; 556 vets weighed in on this question. The highest numbers of responses came from Florida (85), California (70), and Texas (49). Numerous areas had low response numbers, including North Dakota (1), Washington, D.C. (2), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (2), Montana (2), West Virginia (2), and Wyoming (2). Note that no responses were recorded from Vermont.

Are the results for your state what you expected? How does your state compare to the others? Send your thoughts and comments to [email protected]!

*Note: On August 17, 2022, an additional response was added to the results for Washington, D.C.

Survey results: What’s the going rate for GP relief vets in your state?

Alabama (6 responses)

Alaska (9 responses)

Arizona (19 responses)

Arkansas (6 responses)


California (70 responses)

Colorado (26 responses)

Connecticut (12 responses)

Delaware (3 responses)

Florida (85 responses)

Georgia (23 responses)

Hawaii (5 responses)

Idaho (6 responses)

Illinois (19 responses)

Indiana (14 responses)

Iowa (3 responses)

Kansas (7 responses)

Kentucky (12 responses)

Louisiana (5 responses)

Maine (6 responses)

Maryland (11 responses)

Massachusetts (19 responses)

Michigan (11 responses)

Minnesota (2 responses)

Mississippi (2 responses)

Missouri (9 responses)

Montana (2 responses)

Nebraska (3 responses)

Nevada (4 responses)

New Hampshire (3 responses)

New Jersey (11 responses)

New Mexico (3 responses)

New York (30 responses)

North Carolina (26 responses)

North Dakota (1 response)

Ohio (11 responses)

Oklahoma (8 responses)

Oregon (12 responses)

Pennsylvania (23 responses)

Rhode Island (5 responses)

South Carolina (14 responses)

South Dakota (4 responses)

Tennessee (17 responses)

Texas (49 responses)

Utah (4 responses)

Virginia (23 responses)

Washington (24 responses)

Washington, D.C. (2 responses)

This chart was updated August 17, 2022 to include an additional response to the original 1 response.

West Virginia (2 responses)

Wisconsin (9 responses)

Wyoming (2 responses)