Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
71,060 2.1 % $12.20 $25,370 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.41 $9.50 $11.44 $14.06 $17.41
Annual Wage (2) $17,500 $19,750 $23,790 $29,240 $36,200


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 61,800 9.77 $11.71 $24,360
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,940 0.13 $16.42 $34,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,850 0.29 $15.41 $32,050
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,040 0.52 $11.95 $24,860
Local Government (OES Designation) 500 0.01 $19.36 $40,260

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 61,800 9.77 $11.71 $24,360
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,040 0.52 $11.95 $24,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,850 0.29 $15.41 $32,050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,940 0.13 $16.42 $34,160
Other Personal Services 340 0.12 $11.79 $24,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 500 0.01 $19.36 $40,260
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 160 0.06 $17.50 $36,390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 330 0.01 $17.36 $36,110
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,940 0.13 $16.42 $34,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,850 0.29 $15.41 $32,050


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 9,710 0.64 1.22 $14.25 $29,640
Texas 4,800 0.43 0.81 $11.42 $23,750
Florida 4,350 0.57 1.08 $10.85 $22,560
New York 3,660 0.42 0.79 $13.45 $27,980
Virginia 3,080 0.85 1.61 $12.86 $26,740



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)
New Mexico 800 1.02 1.94 $11.39 $23,690
Maine 530 0.90 1.72 $14.04 $29,210
Virginia 3,080 0.85 1.61 $12.86 $26,740
Oregon 1,340 0.80 1.52 $11.95 $24,860
Missouri 2,130 0.80 1.52 $10.67 $22,190



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 170 0.26 0.49 $16.40 $34,110
Massachusetts 1,930 0.58 1.11 $15.52 $32,280
Connecticut 1,080 0.65 1.25 $14.31 $29,760
California 9,710 0.64 1.22 $14.25 $29,640
Maine 530 0.90 1.72 $14.04 $29,210




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,120 0.52 0.99 $14.15 $29,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.56 1.07 $14.96 $31,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,160 0.49 0.92 $11.18 $23,260
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,150 0.40 0.77 $12.41 $25,800
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.21 0.39 $13.89 $28,890
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,060 0.59 1.12 $17.33 $36,050
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,060 0.80 1.52 $15.58 $32,400
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,000 0.95 1.80 $12.06 $25,080
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 980 0.65 1.24 $13.40 $27,870
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 920 0.74 1.40 $13.86 $28,840



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 120 2.39 4.54 $18.47 $38,420
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 120 1.76 3.35 $10.52 $21,870
Hattiesburg, MS 90 1.65 3.14 $8.96 $18,630
Chico, CA 110 1.57 2.99 $13.17 $27,400
Lynchburg, VA 150 1.51 2.86 $9.47 $19,700
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 170 1.50 2.85 $10.14 $21,090
Las Cruces, NM 100 1.48 2.82 $9.83 $20,440
Manhattan, KS 70 1.44 2.75 $12.75 $26,520
Auburn-Opelika, AL 80 1.44 2.74 $9.90 $20,590
Corvallis, OR 50 1.38 2.62 $12.67 $26,350