Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.


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)
78,800 2.1 % $15.18 $31,570 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.04 $12.02 $14.49 $17.62 $21.51
Annual Wage (2) $20,880 $25,010 $30,140 $36,660 $44,740


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 72,080 12.15 $14.90 $30,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,200 0.08 $18.09 $37,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,440 0.23 $18.14 $37,730
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,050 0.54 $15.88 $33,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $23.09 $48,020

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 72,080 12.15 $14.90 $30,980
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,050 0.54 $15.88 $33,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,440 0.23 $18.14 $37,730
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.15 $17.26 $35,890
Other Personal Services 250 0.10 $14.63 $30,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $23.09 $48,020
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $21.53 $44,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 60 (7) $20.87 $43,400
Employment Services 50 (7) $18.47 $38,410
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $18.14 $37,730


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 8,560 0.61 0.99 $17.07 $35,500
Texas 6,830 0.66 1.08 $13.62 $28,330
Florida 6,760 0.94 1.54 $14.06 $29,250
New York 3,930 0.47 0.76 $18.01 $37,460
Pennsylvania 3,190 0.58 0.94 $15.79 $32,840




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)
Vermont 420 1.43 2.33 $14.64 $30,450
Colorado 2,470 1.13 1.84 $14.90 $31,000
New Hampshire 660 1.09 1.77 $15.48 $32,200
Maine 620 1.07 1.74 $14.72 $30,630
Rhode Island 460 1.03 1.67 $13.72 $28,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 200 0.64 1.05 $18.36 $38,190
New York 3,930 0.47 0.76 $18.01 $37,460
Connecticut 1,130 0.70 1.14 $17.62 $36,640
Virginia 1,390 0.39 0.64 $17.57 $36,560
Massachusetts 2,880 0.91 1.49 $17.49 $36,380





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,190 0.86 1.40 $13.11 $27,270
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.51 0.83 $14.04 $29,200
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,500 0.90 1.46 $17.95 $37,330
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,450 1.16 1.89 $15.36 $31,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 1.02 1.67 $15.85 $32,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.28 0.46 $19.24 $40,010
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,260 0.74 1.20 $15.08 $31,360
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,230 1.02 1.66 $14.81 $30,810
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,230 1.12 1.82 $14.42 $29,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.32 0.52 $16.96 $35,270




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 360 2.82 4.59 $14.27 $29,680
College Station-Bryan, TX 250 2.71 4.41 $14.54 $30,240
Gainesville, FL 320 2.67 4.35 $14.31 $29,770
Worcester, MA-CT 530 2.20 3.59 $18.15 $37,760
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 210 2.10 3.42 $14.56 $30,290
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 90 2.03 3.30 $13.66 $28,400
Ocala, FL 180 2.00 3.25 $14.89 $30,970
Prescott, AZ 100 1.85 3.02 $14.28 $29,700
Bend, OR 110 1.83 2.99 $14.85 $30,890
Lexington-Fayette, KY 430 1.79 2.92 $13.03 $27,100