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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
106,680 1.8 % $17.10 $35,560 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.29 $13.56 $16.55 $19.57 $24.04
Annual Wage (2) $23,490 $28,210 $34,420 $40,710 $50,010


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 97,390 13.38 $16.87 $35,080
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,480 0.11 $20.42 $42,460
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,740 0.81 $17.04 $35,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 950 0.14 $20.09 $41,790
Other Personal Services 840 0.25 $15.20 $31,610

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 97,390 13.38 $16.87 $35,080
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,740 0.81 $17.04 $35,440
Other Personal Services 840 0.25 $15.20 $31,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 950 0.14 $20.09 $41,790
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.12 $16.40 $34,120

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) 480 0.02 $25.86 $53,780
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 150 0.09 $22.16 $46,100
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 220 (7) $21.38 $44,460
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,480 0.11 $20.42 $42,460
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 600 0.01 $20.37 $42,370


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 11,920 0.98 1.33 $14.91 $31,010
California 9,270 0.55 0.74 $20.16 $41,920
Florida 8,350 0.97 1.32 $16.00 $33,280
Pennsylvania 5,240 0.90 1.22 $17.72 $36,860
New York 4,810 0.51 0.69 $20.76 $43,190




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 460 1.52 2.06 $16.68 $34,680
Colorado 4,000 1.52 2.07 $17.49 $36,390
New Hampshire 880 1.34 1.82 $16.78 $34,900
Maryland 3,070 1.14 1.55 $17.40 $36,190
Maine 660 1.10 1.49 $17.67 $36,760




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 610 0.45 0.62 $22.29 $46,370
Connecticut 1,490 0.90 1.22 $20.84 $43,340
New York 4,810 0.51 0.69 $20.76 $43,190
California 9,270 0.55 0.74 $20.16 $41,920
Massachusetts 3,270 0.91 1.24 $19.71 $40,990





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 4,720 0.50 0.67 $20.44 $42,520
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,180 0.89 1.21 $16.43 $34,180
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,720 0.59 0.79 $18.13 $37,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,690 0.44 0.60 $21.69 $45,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,650 0.89 1.21 $13.56 $28,200
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,560 0.90 1.22 $18.94 $39,390
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,070 0.75 1.02 $20.03 $41,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,070 0.66 0.89 $18.88 $39,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,940 0.99 1.35 $18.94 $39,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,930 0.72 0.97 $15.35 $31,930