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There is a wide range in both salary expectations and salaries paid in the UK.
In this section we will aim to provide a general guide to what we feel are common and fair salaries in the UK for vets and nurses.

There are a number of reasons why salaries may vary greatly, and we are giving our honest and fair opinion here rather than specifics- so please don’t hold us accountable!

The three main factors affecting salary are:

  1. Geographical location- the closer to London and the Home counties you are, generally the higher the salary
  2. Experience - The more experience you have the more attractive you are to a practice- the higher the salary you can expect
  3. Generosity of the practice - Basically some just pay more than others! There are several reasons for this such as affluence of the area, how lucrative the sector worked in is, and what the owners/ practice managers are used to paying in other practices they have worked in before.

Veterinary Surgeons

Permanent salaries for vets will range from £27k+ for new grads, £30k+ for 1-3yrs experience, £35k+ for 3-6yrs, £40k+ for over 6 years experience. And significantly more for further experience than this or additional certificates.

Locum rates for vets generally are £250+ per day depending on experience and location.

Veterinary Nurses

Permanent salaries for nurses will range from £17k for newly qualified nurses, £21k+ for 1-3yrs experience, £22k+ for 3yrs, and £26k+ for Head Nurses.



Locum Rates - The main 3 factors are as above, but will also include how you choose to be paid. PAYE nurses will always earn less than Ltd Company, or Umbrella Company nurses beause the employer is liable for their employees NI contributions in addition to their hourly rate.

Locum rates for nurses will range between £15+ per hour


If you would like to discuss your current or future salary with us then call us on 01291 645 871.