Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
75,620 2.3 % $12.47 $25,940 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.68 $9.78 $11.71 $14.27 $17.64
Annual Wage (2) $18,060 $20,340 $24,360 $29,690 $36,690


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 65,850 10.09 $11.97 $24,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,940 0.13 $17.08 $35,530
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,820 0.28 $15.76 $32,790
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,100 0.55 $12.19 $25,360
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 580 0.01 $16.17 $33,630

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 65,850 10.09 $11.97 $24,890
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,100 0.55 $12.19 $25,360
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,820 0.28 $15.76 $32,790
Other Personal Services 400 0.13 $12.02 $24,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,940 0.13 $17.08 $35,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 470 0.01 $20.43 $42,490
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 120 0.04 $19.70 $40,970
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,940 0.13 $17.08 $35,530
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 580 0.01 $16.17 $33,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,820 0.28 $15.76 $32,790


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 10,410 0.67 1.23 $14.00 $29,120
Texas 5,130 0.44 0.81 $11.58 $24,080
Florida 4,350 0.55 1.00 $11.18 $23,250
New York 3,960 0.44 0.80 $13.59 $28,260
Virginia 2,960 0.80 1.47 $12.69 $26,400



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)
Tennessee 2,640 0.94 1.71 $11.49 $23,900
Maine 540 0.91 1.66 $14.64 $30,450
Oregon 1,490 0.86 1.57 $12.89 $26,820
Washington 2,450 0.82 1.50 $13.33 $27,730
Missouri 2,190 0.81 1.48 $10.43 $21,690



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 180 0.26 0.48 $18.44 $38,350
Massachusetts 2,000 0.59 1.07 $16.13 $33,540
Connecticut 980 0.59 1.08 $15.39 $32,010
Maine 540 0.91 1.66 $14.64 $30,450
Rhode Island 280 0.60 1.10 $14.33 $29,810




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 2,800 0.68 1.24 $13.86 $28,820
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.24 0.43 $14.58 $30,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,510 0.61 1.11 $11.57 $24,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.59 1.08 $14.64 $30,460
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,240 0.92 1.67 $14.29 $29,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,160 0.66 1.21 $17.91 $37,260
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,160 1.07 1.95 $13.12 $27,280
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,050 0.36 0.66 $12.06 $25,090
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.67 1.22 $14.52 $30,200
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,000 0.76 1.38 $10.01 $20,810