Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
83,350 2.0 % $15.13 $31,470 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.11 $12.09 $14.56 $17.59 $21.17
Annual Wage (2) $21,030 $25,150 $30,290 $36,580 $44,030


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 77,410 12.73 $14.87 $30,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,160 0.07 $18.32 $38,100
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,140 0.58 $15.81 $32,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 650 0.10 $18.38 $38,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 610 0.03 $23.25 $48,370

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 77,410 12.73 $14.87 $30,920
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,140 0.58 $15.81 $32,890
Other Personal Services 260 0.10 $15.64 $32,530
Scientific Research and Development Services 650 0.10 $18.38 $38,230
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 90 0.07 $17.28 $35,950

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) 610 0.03 $23.25 $48,370
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $19.58 $40,720
Employment Services 30 (7) $18.73 $38,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 650 0.10 $18.38 $38,230
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,160 0.07 $18.32 $38,100


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 8,670 0.61 0.95 $17.23 $35,840
Texas 7,730 0.73 1.14 $13.54 $28,160
Florida 7,140 0.98 1.53 $13.69 $28,470
Pennsylvania 3,660 0.65 1.02 $16.53 $34,380
New York 3,630 0.42 0.66 $17.86 $37,150




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 450 1.53 2.40 $14.72 $30,630
Colorado 2,640 1.19 1.86 $15.07 $31,350
Maine 650 1.13 1.76 $15.28 $31,790
Rhode Island 460 1.01 1.57 $14.06 $29,250
New Hampshire 600 0.98 1.53 $15.46 $32,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 230 0.73 1.13 $18.93 $39,380
Virginia 1,410 0.39 0.61 $17.95 $37,330
Connecticut 1,180 0.73 1.14 $17.93 $37,280
New York 3,630 0.42 0.66 $17.86 $37,150
Delaware 340 0.83 1.30 $17.69 $36,780





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 1,790 0.68 1.06 $13.67 $28,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.44 0.69 $13.81 $28,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,570 0.91 1.42 $14.98 $31,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.40 0.63 $17.88 $37,200
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,430 1.16 1.81 $15.11 $31,430
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,340 1.07 1.67 $15.06 $31,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,260 0.56 0.87 $13.95 $29,020
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,240 1.10 1.73 $14.16 $29,450
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,210 0.71 1.10 $17.47 $36,330
Pittsburgh, PA 1,200 1.07 1.67 $16.01 $33,300




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)
Gainesville, FL 380 3.22 5.03 $14.74 $30,650
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 330 2.49 3.89 $14.50 $30,160
College Station-Bryan, TX 210 2.21 3.46 $15.46 $32,150
Ames, IA 90 2.12 3.31 $17.99 $37,420
Ocala, FL 180 2.08 3.24 $14.92 $31,030
Prescott, AZ 100 1.99 3.11 $15.51 $32,250
Corvallis, OR 60 1.77 2.77 $15.82 $32,910
Columbia, MO 150 1.77 2.76 $17.76 $36,950
Bend, OR 100 1.70 2.66 $15.75 $32,750
Worcester, MA-CT 400 1.65 2.58 $16.77 $34,880