Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
87,870 1.7 % $15.27 $31,760 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.23 $12.21 $14.66 $17.72 $21.39
Annual Wage (2) $21,270 $25,400 $30,500 $36,860 $44,490


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 81,480 13.14 $15.02 $31,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,240 0.08 $18.49 $38,460
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,140 0.57 $14.80 $30,780
Scientific Research and Development Services 710 0.11 $18.71 $38,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 560 0.03 $23.56 $49,000

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 81,480 13.14 $15.02 $31,240
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,140 0.57 $14.80 $30,780
Other Personal Services 380 0.14 $15.69 $32,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 710 0.11 $18.71 $38,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,240 0.08 $18.49 $38,460

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) 560 0.03 $23.56 $49,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 160 (7) $19.10 $39,730
Local Government (OES Designation) 360 0.01 $19.03 $39,570
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $18.93 $39,380
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.04 $18.73 $38,970


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 8,820 0.81 1.22 $13.66 $28,400
California 8,640 0.59 0.89 $17.49 $36,380
Florida 7,400 0.99 1.50 $13.97 $29,060
Pennsylvania 4,120 0.73 1.11 $16.62 $34,570
New York 3,620 0.42 0.63 $18.21 $37,870




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 370 1.26 1.90 $15.08 $31,360
Colorado 2,870 1.25 1.88 $15.14 $31,490
Maine 640 1.09 1.65 $15.44 $32,110
New Hampshire 660 1.07 1.62 $15.46 $32,160
Montana 450 1.03 1.55 $13.29 $27,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 50 0.07 0.11 $19.09 $39,710
Alaska 240 0.74 1.11 $18.57 $38,620
New York 3,620 0.42 0.63 $18.21 $37,870
Massachusetts 2,450 0.75 1.13 $18.11 $37,670
Virginia 1,770 0.49 0.74 $18.00 $37,450





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 2,170 0.79 1.19 $13.47 $28,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,870 0.51 0.76 $14.46 $30,080
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,600 1.25 1.89 $14.99 $31,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.38 0.58 $18.10 $37,640
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,500 0.84 1.27 $13.90 $28,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,480 0.64 0.97 $13.60 $28,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,420 0.79 1.20 $15.58 $32,410
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,380 1.20 1.81 $13.88 $28,880
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.64 0.97 $13.38 $27,820
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.74 1.12 $18.92 $39,350




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 440 3.64 5.49 $16.03 $33,350
Corvallis, OR 80 2.55 3.85 $14.70 $30,570
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 350 2.54 3.83 $15.50 $32,230
College Station-Bryan, TX 200 2.09 3.15 $14.88 $30,950
San Angelo, TX 90 1.92 2.90 $11.93 $24,810
Prescott, AZ 100 1.90 2.86 $14.59 $30,350
Ocala, FL 160 1.81 2.74 $13.48 $28,050
Port St. Lucie, FL 220 1.78 2.69 $14.03 $29,190
Worcester, MA-CT 400 1.64 2.48 $17.81 $37,040
Manhattan, KS 80 1.64 2.47 $14.57 $30,310