Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
72,530 2.6 % $11.75 $24,430 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.16 $9.14 $10.98 $13.64 $16.81
Annual Wage (2) $16,970 $19,010 $22,830 $28,370 $34,970


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 62,090 10.47 $11.18 $23,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,970 0.17 $15.25 $31,730
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,070 0.33 $16.16 $33,610
Social Advocacy Organizations 890 0.46 $11.81 $24,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 500 0.01 $14.87 $30,930

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 62,090 10.47 $11.18 $23,250
Social Advocacy Organizations 890 0.46 $11.81 $24,570
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,070 0.33 $16.16 $33,610
Other Personal Services 440 0.18 $10.48 $21,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,970 0.17 $15.25 $31,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 280 0.11 $21.18 $44,050
Local Government (OES Designation) 350 0.01 $16.43 $34,180
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,070 0.33 $16.16 $33,610
State Government (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $15.90 $33,060
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,970 0.17 $15.25 $31,730


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 8,020 0.57 1.01 $12.93 $26,890
Texas 5,610 0.54 0.96 $11.49 $23,900
Virginia 3,540 1.00 1.76 $11.78 $24,500
Ohio 3,520 0.71 1.25 $10.51 $21,860
Florida 3,420 0.48 0.85 $10.61 $22,070




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 3,540 1.00 1.76 $11.78 $24,500
Kansas 1,260 0.96 1.71 $10.98 $22,830
Maine 490 0.86 1.52 $14.26 $29,650
Montana 320 0.75 1.33 $10.94 $22,760
Wyoming 200 0.72 1.27 $11.92 $24,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 2,090 0.66 1.17 $15.01 $31,230
Delaware 220 0.55 0.97 $14.47 $30,100
Maine 490 0.86 1.52 $14.26 $29,650
Connecticut 870 0.54 0.96 $14.09 $29,310
New York 3,070 0.36 0.64 $13.43 $27,940





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 1,820 0.79 1.39 $12.91 $26,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,660 0.74 1.32 $11.28 $23,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.39 0.69 $12.87 $26,760
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.78 1.39 $14.01 $29,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,320 1.07 1.89 $13.34 $27,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.61 1.08 $12.76 $26,530
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,170 0.70 1.24 $16.05 $33,390
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.32 0.56 $12.07 $25,110
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,140 0.45 0.79 $11.99 $24,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.21 0.36 $16.26 $33,820




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)
Corvallis, OR 70 1.99 3.53 $10.47 $21,780
Auburn-Opelika, AL 90 1.94 3.44 $11.72 $24,370
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 110 1.85 3.27 $13.70 $28,500
Athens-Clarke County, GA 130 1.76 3.11 $10.33 $21,490
Winchester, VA-WV 90 1.73 3.06 $10.35 $21,530
College Station-Bryan, TX 150 1.59 2.82 $11.11 $23,110
Roanoke, VA 230 1.57 2.77 $9.98 $20,770
Reno-Sparks, NV 290 1.52 2.69 $12.92 $26,880
Jefferson City, MO 110 1.51 2.67 $9.96 $20,720
Chico, CA 100 1.44 2.55 $12.65 $26,310