Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

31-9096 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists. Excludes "Nonfarm Animal Caretakers" (39-2021).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
70,530 2.4 % $11.38 $23,660 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.93 $8.86 $10.60 $13.15 $16.24
Annual Wage (2) $16,490 $18,440 $22,040 $27,350 $33,780


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 61,770 10.67 $10.86 $22,580
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,020 0.14 $15.21 $31,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,870 0.31 $16.20 $33,690
Social Advocacy Organizations 600 0.32 $11.94 $24,830
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 430 0.01 $14.54 $30,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 61,770 10.67 $10.86 $22,580
Social Advocacy Organizations 600 0.32 $11.94 $24,830
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,870 0.31 $16.20 $33,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,020 0.14 $15.21 $31,640
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 330 0.12 $19.59 $40,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 330 0.12 $19.59 $40,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 350 0.01 $16.30 $33,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,870 0.31 $16.20 $33,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,020 0.14 $15.21 $31,640
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 430 0.01 $14.54 $30,230


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,940 0.50 0.89 $12.66 $26,330
Texas 5,870 0.58 1.05 $11.16 $23,210
Florida 3,980 0.56 1.01 $10.42 $21,670
Virginia 3,860 1.10 1.98 $10.97 $22,830
Ohio 3,130 0.64 1.15 $10.11 $21,030




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 3,860 1.10 1.98 $10.97 $22,830
Montana 400 0.94 1.69 $11.02 $22,920
Kansas 1,200 0.92 1.65 $10.18 $21,180
Maine 510 0.89 1.60 $13.72 $28,530
New Mexico 680 0.87 1.57 $12.01 $24,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 80 0.13 0.23 $18.38 $38,220
Massachusetts 1,710 0.55 0.99 $14.82 $30,820
Connecticut 840 0.52 0.94 $13.99 $29,090
Maine 510 0.89 1.60 $13.72 $28,530
Maryland 1,850 0.75 1.35 $13.41 $27,900

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.86 1.56 $11.94 $24,840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,290 0.52 0.93 $11.34 $23,580
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.34 0.61 $12.19 $25,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.60 1.09 $12.22 $25,420
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,190 0.96 1.73 $12.34 $25,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.63 1.13 $13.95 $29,010
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,080 0.86 1.55 $10.25 $21,310
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,070 0.98 1.76 $10.03 $20,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.28 0.50 $12.34 $25,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 970 0.44 0.80 $11.71 $24,350




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Auburn-Opelika, AL 80 1.83 3.30 $11.01 $22,910
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 110 1.72 3.10 $13.74 $28,580
Winchester, VA-WV 90 1.70 3.06 $11.21 $23,310
College Station-Bryan, TX 160 1.69 3.05 $10.93 $22,730
Raleigh-Cary, NC 770 1.57 2.83 $11.27 $23,440
Chico, CA 110 1.56 2.81 $12.23 $25,440
Lynchburg, VA 150 1.56 2.81 $8.94 $18,600
Ocala, FL 140 1.52 2.75 $9.17 $19,070
Billings, MT 120 1.50 2.70 $10.78 $22,430
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 250 1.48 2.66 $13.89 $28,880




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Haven, CT 220 0.81 1.47 $19.37 $40,300
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.32 0.57 $17.10 $35,560
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 950 0.57 1.03 $16.53 $34,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $15.99 $33,250
Rochester, MN 60 0.58 1.05 $15.98 $33,250
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 490 0.88 1.59 $15.86 $32,990
State College, PA 60 0.83 1.50 $15.68 $32,620
Oklahoma City, OK 170 0.31 0.57 $15.64 $32,530
Barnstable Town, MA 60 0.62 1.12 $15.38 $31,990
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 90 1.13 2.03 $15.22 $31,660

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 510 1.34 2.42 $9.53 $19,820
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 240 1.39 2.50 $9.67 $20,110
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 200 0.78 1.40 $10.39 $21,600
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 200 1.62 2.92 $10.46 $21,760
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 190 1.31 2.36 $9.15 $19,030

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 2.12 3.82 $13.35 $27,770
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.87 3.36 $12.28 $25,540
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 200 1.62 2.92 $10.46 $21,760
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.58 2.85 $10.38 $21,600
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.48 2.67 $9.13 $19,000

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 1.06 $15.53 $32,290
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 2.12 3.82 $13.35 $27,770
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.73 1.32 $12.76 $26,530
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.53 $26,060
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.99 1.78 $12.52 $26,040


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011