Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
71,500 2.5 % $11.90 $24,740 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.25 $9.24 $11.12 $13.86 $17.07
Annual Wage (2) $17,150 $19,220 $23,130 $28,840 $35,510


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 60,820 10.00 $11.35 $23,600
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,070 0.17 $15.53 $32,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,040 0.32 $14.99 $31,170
Social Advocacy Organizations 950 0.49 $12.11 $25,180
Other Personal Services 500 0.20 $11.12 $23,130

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 60,820 10.00 $11.35 $23,600
Social Advocacy Organizations 950 0.49 $12.11 $25,180
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,040 0.32 $14.99 $31,170
Other Personal Services 500 0.20 $11.12 $23,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,070 0.17 $15.53 $32,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 490 0.01 $18.89 $39,290
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 210 0.08 $17.01 $35,390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 400 0.01 $16.72 $34,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,070 0.17 $15.53 $32,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,040 0.32 $14.99 $31,170


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 8,250 0.58 1.05 $13.46 $27,990
Texas 4,820 0.46 0.83 $11.24 $23,370
Virginia 3,500 0.97 1.77 $12.20 $25,370
New York 3,490 0.41 0.74 $13.48 $28,050
Florida 3,350 0.46 0.84 $10.52 $21,880




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 2,080 1.36 2.47 $12.46 $25,910
Kansas 1,340 1.01 1.85 $10.09 $20,990
Virginia 3,500 0.97 1.77 $12.20 $25,370
Maine 520 0.90 1.64 $14.49 $30,140
New Mexico 690 0.89 1.63 $11.65 $24,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 2,210 0.69 1.26 $15.40 $32,040
Delaware 190 0.46 0.85 $15.12 $31,450
Maine 520 0.90 1.64 $14.49 $30,140
Connecticut 950 0.59 1.07 $14.41 $29,970
Alaska 120 0.39 0.71 $14.10 $29,330





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,620 0.72 1.31 $11.40 $23,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.41 0.74 $14.12 $29,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.65 1.18 $13.71 $28,510
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.28 0.52 $15.13 $31,480
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,310 0.76 1.39 $16.74 $34,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,290 0.49 0.89 $12.17 $25,310
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.65 1.19 $12.66 $26,340
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,130 0.90 1.64 $14.61 $30,380
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.30 0.55 $11.61 $24,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 850 0.41 0.74 $12.45 $25,890




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)
Corvallis, OR 70 2.19 3.99 $11.13 $23,150
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 120 1.97 3.59 $13.84 $28,790
Jefferson City, MO 130 1.79 3.25 $10.53 $21,900
Chico, CA 120 1.72 3.13 $12.98 $26,990
Athens-Clarke County, GA 130 1.70 3.11 $10.63 $22,110
Lexington-Fayette, KY 400 1.61 2.94 $8.55 $17,790
Auburn-Opelika, AL 80 1.59 2.90 $11.31 $23,530
Reno-Sparks, NV 290 1.56 2.84 $12.46 $25,910
Lynchburg, VA 150 1.50 2.74 $8.79 $18,290
Santa Fe, NM 90 1.49 2.72 $12.26 $25,500