Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
99,390 2.0 % $16.29 $33,870 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.74 $12.92 $15.62 $18.73 $23.24
Annual Wage (2) $22,340 $26,870 $32,490 $38,950 $48,330


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 91,320 13.49 $16.04 $33,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,620 0.09 $20.18 $41,970
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,740 0.85 $16.46 $34,240
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,070 0.16 $19.53 $40,620
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 660 0.03 $22.86 $47,550

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 91,320 13.49 $16.04 $33,350
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,740 0.85 $16.46 $34,240
Other Personal Services 570 0.18 $15.49 $32,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,070 0.16 $19.53 $40,620
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.12 $18.07 $37,580

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) 660 0.03 $22.86 $47,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $21.83 $45,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 500 0.01 $20.71 $43,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 170 (7) $20.45 $42,530
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 130 0.08 $20.31 $42,230


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 9,490 0.81 1.14 $14.30 $29,750
California 9,070 0.57 0.80 $18.95 $39,410
Florida 8,510 1.04 1.46 $15.29 $31,800
Pennsylvania 5,060 0.88 1.24 $16.45 $34,210
New York 4,280 0.47 0.66 $21.04 $43,760




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)
Colorado 3,660 1.46 2.06 $15.73 $32,720
New Hampshire 890 1.38 1.95 $16.31 $33,920
Vermont 410 1.33 1.88 $16.94 $35,230
Maine 740 1.24 1.75 $16.60 $34,530
Maryland 2,890 1.10 1.55 $16.62 $34,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,280 0.47 0.66 $21.04 $43,760
Alaska 190 0.59 0.84 $19.91 $41,410
Massachusetts 2,940 0.85 1.20 $19.58 $40,730
California 9,070 0.57 0.80 $18.95 $39,410
Connecticut 1,720 1.03 1.45 $18.75 $38,990





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,780 0.42 0.60 $21.49 $44,700
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,200 0.61 0.85 $16.59 $34,500
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,830 1.29 1.82 $16.13 $33,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,830 0.96 1.35 $17.30 $35,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,770 0.60 0.85 $13.98 $29,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,720 0.68 0.95 $14.44 $30,030
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.68 0.97 $16.63 $34,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.36 0.51 $19.64 $40,860
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,380 1.03 1.45 $15.89 $33,050
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,370 1.08 1.53 $14.64 $30,460