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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
110,650 1.8 % $17.63 $36,670 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.79 $13.98 $16.98 $20.45 $24.63
Annual Wage (2) $24,530 $29,080 $35,320 $42,540 $51,230


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 101,180 13.48 $17.38 $36,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,530 0.11 $20.61 $42,880
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,630 0.73 $17.58 $36,570
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.14 $20.60 $42,840
Other Personal Services 870 0.24 $16.32 $33,950

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 101,180 13.48 $17.38 $36,150
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,630 0.73 $17.58 $36,570
Other Personal Services 870 0.24 $16.32 $33,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.14 $20.60 $42,840
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 190 0.11 $21.89 $45,530

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) 470 0.02 $25.93 $53,930
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 190 0.11 $21.89 $45,530
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 200 (7) $21.15 $43,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,530 0.11 $20.61 $42,880
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.14 $20.60 $42,840


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 12,280 0.99 1.31 $15.72 $32,700
California 9,750 0.56 0.74 $20.90 $43,470
Florida 8,660 0.98 1.31 $16.04 $33,360
Pennsylvania 5,250 0.89 1.18 $17.81 $37,050
New York 5,020 0.53 0.70 $21.01 $43,700




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 560 1.83 2.43 $16.36 $34,020
Colorado 3,570 1.33 1.77 $17.88 $37,200
Rhode Island 620 1.29 1.71 $17.86 $37,150
Maine 780 1.28 1.70 $17.56 $36,530
New Hampshire 820 1.24 1.65 $17.71 $36,840




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 190 0.26 0.34 $28.98 $60,290
Connecticut 1,590 0.96 1.27 $23.99 $49,900
Nevada 640 0.46 0.61 $23.71 $49,320
Virginia 2,100 0.54 0.72 $21.07 $43,820
New York 5,020 0.53 0.70 $21.01 $43,700





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,970 0.51 0.68 $20.65 $42,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,360 0.92 1.22 $17.47 $36,340
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,870 0.61 0.81 $18.12 $37,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,790 0.92 1.22 $14.70 $30,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,620 0.42 0.56 $22.67 $47,150
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,520 0.88 1.16 $18.65 $38,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,350 0.84 1.11 $20.46 $42,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,290 0.72 0.95 $22.49 $46,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,110 0.77 1.02 $15.51 $32,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,090 1.06 1.41 $19.06 $39,640