Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
95,790 1.9 % $16.00 $33,280 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.52 $12.67 $15.29 $18.50 $22.80
Annual Wage (2) $21,890 $26,350 $31,800 $38,480 $47,410


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 88,170 13.51 $15.75 $32,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,640 0.09 $19.85 $41,300
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,620 0.81 $15.67 $32,590
Scientific Research and Development Services 910 0.14 $19.88 $41,350
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 560 0.03 $23.51 $48,910

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 88,170 13.51 $15.75 $32,760
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,620 0.81 $15.67 $32,590
Other Personal Services 490 0.16 $15.66 $32,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 910 0.14 $19.88 $41,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,640 0.09 $19.85 $41,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $26.63 $55,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 560 0.03 $23.51 $48,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 130 (7) $21.60 $44,920
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 70 0.03 $20.87 $43,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 410 0.01 $20.50 $42,650


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 9,270 0.60 0.86 $18.56 $38,600
Texas 9,020 0.78 1.12 $14.30 $29,740
Florida 8,360 1.06 1.52 $14.87 $30,930
Pennsylvania 4,720 0.83 1.19 $16.37 $34,050
New York 4,520 0.50 0.72 $19.62 $40,810



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 3,230 1.32 1.90 $14.68 $30,530
New Hampshire 800 1.26 1.82 $16.43 $34,170
Maine 740 1.25 1.79 $16.05 $33,390
Vermont 360 1.20 1.73 $16.29 $33,880
Florida 8,360 1.06 1.52 $14.87 $30,930



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 180 0.55 0.80 $20.24 $42,090
Massachusetts 2,790 0.82 1.18 $20.20 $42,020
New York 4,520 0.50 0.72 $19.62 $40,810
California 9,270 0.60 0.86 $18.56 $38,600
Connecticut 1,600 0.97 1.39 $18.20 $37,850




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,990 0.46 0.67 $19.87 $41,330
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,050 0.57 0.83 $15.62 $32,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,920 1.02 1.47 $16.63 $34,590
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,860 0.63 0.91 $14.10 $29,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.71 1.02 $15.79 $32,850
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,640 1.19 1.72 $15.18 $31,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,430 0.58 0.83 $14.29 $29,720
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,410 1.40 2.02 $17.77 $36,970
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,360 1.12 1.61 $13.68 $28,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.32 0.46 $19.89 $41,380