Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
93,300 1.7 % $15.56 $32,350 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.28 $12.38 $14.94 $18.07 $21.98
Annual Wage (2) $21,390 $25,740 $31,070 $37,590 $45,710


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 86,090 13.61 $15.28 $31,790
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,490 0.08 $19.10 $39,730
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,400 0.69 $15.27 $31,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.15 $19.76 $41,110
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $24.01 $49,940

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 86,090 13.61 $15.28 $31,790
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,400 0.69 $15.27 $31,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.15 $19.76 $41,110
Other Personal Services 410 0.14 $14.94 $31,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,490 0.08 $19.10 $39,730

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) $26.95 $56,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $24.01 $49,940
State Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $20.79 $43,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 330 0.01 $20.36 $42,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.15 $19.76 $41,110


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)
Texas 8,870 0.79 1.14 $13.72 $28,530
California 8,820 0.58 0.84 $17.89 $37,220
Florida 8,190 1.07 1.55 $14.46 $30,080
Pennsylvania 4,210 0.74 1.08 $16.69 $34,720
New York 4,190 0.48 0.69 $19.11 $39,740



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 400 1.34 1.94 $15.95 $33,180
Colorado 2,910 1.23 1.78 $14.84 $30,880
Maine 720 1.22 1.77 $15.83 $32,930
New Hampshire 740 1.17 1.70 $15.99 $33,260
Florida 8,190 1.07 1.55 $14.46 $30,080



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 210 0.66 0.95 $19.70 $40,970
Massachusetts 2,610 0.79 1.14 $19.29 $40,120
New York 4,190 0.48 0.69 $19.11 $39,740
Connecticut 1,410 0.86 1.24 $18.56 $38,600
California 8,820 0.58 0.84 $17.89 $37,220




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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,300 0.61 0.89 $15.16 $31,520
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,990 0.70 1.01 $14.00 $29,110
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,980 0.37 0.53 $20.47 $42,580
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.95 1.37 $18.81 $39,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,740 0.73 1.06 $13.59 $28,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.42 0.60 $18.02 $37,490
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,550 1.17 1.70 $15.42 $32,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,520 0.84 1.21 $15.91 $33,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,380 0.75 1.09 $13.97 $29,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.60 0.87 $13.93 $28,980



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)
Ithaca, NY 200 4.04 5.86 $21.15 $43,990
Gainesville, FL 400 3.26 4.72 $16.59 $34,510
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 390 2.76 4.00 $13.59 $28,270
Corvallis, OR 90 2.76 4.00 $14.57 $30,310
Ocala, FL 250 2.72 3.93 $12.07 $25,100
San Angelo, TX 100 2.13 3.09 $12.13 $25,230
College Station-Bryan, TX 180 1.87 2.71 $15.22 $31,660
Port St. Lucie, FL 240 1.86 2.70 $15.31 $31,840
Worcester, MA-CT 460 1.85 2.67 $19.29 $40,110
Athens-Clarke County, GA 140 1.81 2.62 $14.40 $29,950