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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
84,400 2.7 % $13.26 $27,570 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.19 $10.57 $12.57 $14.98 $18.41
Annual Wage (2) $19,110 $21,990 $26,140 $31,170 $38,300


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 74,150 10.59 $12.78 $26,580
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,550 0.12 $18.48 $38,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,210 0.34 $16.02 $33,310
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,360 0.64 $13.17 $27,390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 620 0.01 $16.67 $34,670

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 74,150 10.59 $12.78 $26,580
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,360 0.64 $13.17 $27,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,210 0.34 $16.02 $33,310
Other Personal Services 520 0.16 $12.00 $24,960
Support Activities for Animal Production 50 0.16 $16.92 $35,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 160 0.06 $21.05 $43,780
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 570 0.01 $20.86 $43,390
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,550 0.12 $18.48 $38,430
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 190 0.12 $17.86 $37,140
Support Activities for Animal Production 50 0.16 $16.92 $35,180


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 11,410 0.68 1.15 $15.01 $31,220
Texas 5,400 0.45 0.77 $12.07 $25,100
Florida 4,960 0.59 1.00 $12.62 $26,260
New York 3,540 0.38 0.65 $14.95 $31,090
Virginia 3,330 0.88 1.48 $12.11 $25,180




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)
Maine 680 1.13 1.91 $15.95 $33,180
Oklahoma 1,610 1.02 1.73 $11.79 $24,530
Washington 3,200 1.00 1.69 $14.69 $30,560
Tennessee 2,620 0.90 1.51 $11.74 $24,410
Arizona 2,430 0.90 1.52 $13.27 $27,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,660 0.47 0.80 $17.40 $36,200
Connecticut 660 0.40 0.67 $17.17 $35,720
Maine 680 1.13 1.91 $15.95 $33,180
California 11,410 0.68 1.15 $15.01 $31,220
Alaska 100 0.32 0.55 $15.00 $31,200



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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 2,410 0.54 0.92 $14.53 $30,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,880 0.95 1.60 $13.36 $27,780
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.99 1.67 $15.04 $31,280
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.23 0.38 $16.38 $34,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.58 0.99 $12.63 $26,260
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,430 1.00 1.68 $15.06 $31,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,210 0.41 0.70 $12.59 $26,190
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.71 1.21 $14.14 $29,420
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 1,150 1.12 1.89 $15.20 $31,620
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,090 0.76 1.29 $14.61 $30,390


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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 130 2.69 4.54 $17.95 $37,330
Jefferson City, MO 180 2.48 4.19 $12.63 $26,270
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 240 2.04 3.45 $14.23 $29,600
Knoxville, TN 770 2.02 3.40 $11.10 $23,090
Auburn-Opelika, AL 110 1.92 3.24 $13.48 $28,040
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 90 1.82 3.07 $12.62 $26,250
Champaign-Urbana, IL 180 1.78 3.00 $12.44 $25,880
Bellingham, WA 150 1.70 2.88 $17.83 $37,090
Corvallis, OR 60 1.65 2.79 $13.94 $29,000
Homosassa Springs, FL 50 1.63 2.76 $11.76 $24,460


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,020 0.55 0.93 $19.58 $40,720
Port St. Lucie, FL (8) (8) (8) $19.39 $40,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 620 0.57 0.96 $18.59 $38,670
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 80 0.78 1.31 $18.11 $37,670
Ithaca, NY 130 2.69 4.54 $17.95 $37,330
Santa Fe, NM 80 1.27 2.15 $17.92 $37,260
Bellingham, WA 150 1.70 2.88 $17.83 $37,090
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.50 0.85 $17.75 $36,920
Lincoln, NE 70 0.39 0.66 $17.14 $35,640
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.39 0.66 $16.84 $35,040

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 340 1.27 2.15 $10.91 $22,690
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 290 1.03 1.74 $12.49 $25,980
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 270 0.83 1.40 $12.04 $25,040
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 250 1.54 2.60 $10.66 $22,170
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 190 0.81 1.38 $10.73 $22,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 50 1.61 2.72 $15.05 $31,310
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.61 2.72 $12.84 $26,710
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 250