Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
71,800 2.3 % $12.07 $25,110 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.36 $9.43 $11.32 $13.96 $17.15
Annual Wage (2) $17,380 $19,620 $23,550 $29,040 $35,680


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 61,150 9.86 $11.51 $23,940
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,110 0.17 $15.87 $33,000
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,110 0.33 $15.19 $31,590
Social Advocacy Organizations 860 0.43 $12.03 $25,020
Local Government (OES Designation) 500 0.01 $19.17 $39,880

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 61,150 9.86 $11.51 $23,940
Social Advocacy Organizations 860 0.43 $12.03 $25,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,110 0.33 $15.19 $31,590
Other Personal Services 450 0.17 $11.23 $23,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,110 0.17 $15.87 $33,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 500 0.01 $19.17 $39,880
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 190 0.07 $17.17 $35,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 380 0.01 $17.07 $35,500
Junior Colleges 30 (7) $16.79 $34,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,110 0.17 $15.87 $33,000


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 9,130 0.62 1.15 $13.96 $29,040
Texas 4,370 0.40 0.74 $11.19 $23,280
Florida 3,970 0.53 0.98 $10.58 $22,020
New York 3,650 0.42 0.78 $13.27 $27,600
Virginia 3,080 0.85 1.57 $12.61 $26,230




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)
Oklahoma 1,890 1.22 2.24 $12.17 $25,310
New Mexico 840 1.07 1.97 $11.47 $23,850
Maine 600 1.03 1.90 $13.89 $28,890
Kansas 1,170 0.88 1.62 $11.14 $23,170
Virginia 3,080 0.85 1.57 $12.61 $26,230




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 160 0.25 0.46 $17.32 $36,020
Massachusetts 2,240 0.69 1.27 $15.25 $31,730
Connecticut 1,020 0.62 1.15 $14.21 $29,550
Delaware 190 0.46 0.86 $14.11 $29,360
California 9,130 0.62 1.15 $13.96 $29,040





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,120 0.53 0.99 $13.92 $28,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.30 0.56 $14.38 $29,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.60 1.12 $14.16 $29,450
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,320 0.75 1.39 $16.66 $34,650
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,190 0.43 0.80 $12.15 $25,270
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,140 0.89 1.64 $16.38 $34,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,090 0.47 0.87 $11.19 $23,270
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,010 0.84 1.56 $13.78 $28,660
Baltimore-Towson, MD 990 0.77 1.43 $11.83 $24,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 960 0.26 0.48 $11.64 $24,200




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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 490 1.97 3.64 $8.93 $18,580
Hattiesburg, MS 100 1.71 3.16 $8.77 $18,250
Jefferson City, MO 120 1.70 3.14 $11.00 $22,880
Auburn-Opelika, AL 90 1.69 3.11 $11.47 $23,850
Reno-Sparks, NV 310 1.61 2.98 $12.57 $26,140
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 90 1.47 2.72 $15.38 $32,000
Winchester, VA-WV 80 1.46 2.70 $12.72 $26,450
Chico, CA 100 1.42 2.63 $13.02 $27,080
Raleigh-Cary, NC 750 1.40 2.59 $11.25 $23,400
Lake Charles, LA 120 1.40 2.58 $9.83 $20,450