Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-1131 Veterinarians

Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.


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)
54,480 2.3 % $44.51 $92,570 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.00 $30.96 $39.44 $51.53 $69.82
Annual Wage (2) $49,910 $64,390 $82,040 $107,190 $145,230


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 49,960 8.63 $44.48 $92,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $42.47 $88,340
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 610 0.02 $35.97 $74,820
Social Advocacy Organizations 530 0.28 $40.53 $84,290
State Government (OES Designation) 530 0.02 (8) (8)

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 49,960 8.63 $44.48 $92,520
Social Advocacy Organizations 530 0.28 $40.53 $84,290
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 250 0.19 $33.25 $69,150
Support Activities for Animal Production 50 0.18 $59.60 $123,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $42.47 $88,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 50 0.18 $59.60 $123,960
Scientific Research and Development Services 260 0.04 $55.49 $115,420
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 60 0.02 $53.50 $111,290
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 49,960 8.63 $44.48 $92,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $42.47 $88,340


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 5,190 0.37 0.87 $48.14 $100,140
Texas 4,100 0.41 0.95 $49.17 $102,270
Florida 3,100 0.44 1.02 $52.36 $108,910
New York 2,990 0.36 0.84 $49.90 $103,800
Pennsylvania 2,080 0.38 0.88 $54.72 $113,810




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)
Colorado 1,560 0.72 1.69 $35.95 $74,780
Idaho 420 0.70 1.63 $33.53 $69,740
Montana 290 0.69 1.60 $30.37 $63,180
Oregon 1,060 0.68 1.58 $38.30 $79,660
Wisconsin 1,680 0.64 1.50 $39.04 $81,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 750 0.47 1.09 $60.84 $126,550
New Jersey 1,280 0.34 0.79 $60.48 $125,790
District of Columbia 80 0.12 0.29 $57.69 $120,000
Pennsylvania 2,080 0.38 0.88 $54.72 $113,810
Delaware 170 0.44 1.02 $53.88 $112,070

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.29 0.68 $41.35 $86,010
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,020 0.41 0.96 $47.34 $98,460
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.21 0.48 $62.36 $129,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 930 0.41 0.95 $49.41 $102,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 870 0.40 0.92 $36.85 $76,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.21 0.49 $46.25 $96,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 800 0.48 1.11 $50.04 $104,080
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 740 0.59 1.38 $38.59 $80,260
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 730 0.61 1.42 $43.54 $90,560
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 710 0.39 0.92 $56.11 $116,710




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)
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 170 1.39 3.25 $32.77 $68,160
Greeley, CO 100 1.34 3.13 $37.78 $78,580
Auburn-Opelika, AL 60 1.23 2.87 $27.09 $56,360
Lawrence, KS 50 1.07 2.49 $30.28 $62,970
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 60 1.05 2.44 $48.74 $101,370
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 80 1.03 2.40 $43.47 $90,420
Dubuque, IA 50 1.02 2.38 $33.31 $69,280
Athens-Clarke County, GA 70 0.96 2.25 $40.65 $84,550
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 80 0.95 2.22 $49.61 $103,190
Prescott, AZ 50 0.94 2.20 $32.75 $68,120




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)
Port St. Lucie, FL 90 0.76 1.78 $84.04 $174,810
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 80 0.41 0.96 $78.79 $163,880
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 0.47 $73.94 $153,800
Dover, DE 30 0.58 1.36 $71.95 $149,650
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 70 0.27 0.62 $71.18 $148,050
Harrisonburg, VA (8) (8) (8) $68.02 $141,470
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 140 0.82 1.92 $67.35 $140,100
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 290 0.70 1.64 $65.10 $135,400
San Antonio, TX 330 0.40 0.94 $64.72 $134,620
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 30 0.24 0.57 $62.84 $130,710

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 210 0.80 1.87 $36.09 $75,080
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.54 1.26 $28.69 $59,680
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.86 2.00 $35.43 $73,690
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.30 3.03 $38.52 $80,120
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.86 2.01 $49.02 $101,960

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)
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 1.33 3.10 $27.43 $57,050
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.30 3.03 $38.52 $80,120
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 1.17 2.74 $26.03 $54,130
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 1.17 2.72 $31.33 $65,170
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 1.04 2.42 $25.41 $52,860

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 0.67 $57.41 $119,410
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.49 1.14 $53.77 $111,840
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $52.78 $109,780
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 1.06 $49.28 $102,500
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.86 2.01 $49.02 $101,960


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:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011