Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
103,430 1.9 % $16.69 $34,710 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.00 $13.19 $16.06 $19.17 $23.73
Annual Wage (2) $22,880 $27,430 $33,400 $39,860 $49,350


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 94,860 13.55 $16.46 $34,230
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,020 0.10 $20.21 $42,050
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,760 0.83 $16.60 $34,520
Scientific Research and Development Services 850 0.13 $19.76 $41,100
Other Personal Services 790 0.24 $15.13 $31,470

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 94,860 13.55 $16.46 $34,230
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,760 0.83 $16.60 $34,520
Other Personal Services 790 0.24 $15.13 $31,470
Support Activities for Animal Production 50 0.15 $17.08 $35,520
Scientific Research and Development Services 850 0.13 $19.76 $41,100

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) 550 0.03 $24.67 $51,320
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 150 0.09 $21.40 $44,510
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 550 0.01 $20.76 $43,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 200 (7) $20.58 $42,820
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 80 (7) $20.28 $42,180


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)
Texas 10,570 0.89 1.23 $14.82 $30,820
California 9,780 0.59 0.81 $19.08 $39,690
Florida 8,070 0.96 1.32 $15.35 $31,930
Pennsylvania 5,650 0.98 1.35 $17.25 $35,880
New York 4,660 0.51 0.70 $20.60 $42,840




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 3,920 1.53 2.11 $16.57 $34,460
Vermont 450 1.48 2.03 $16.55 $34,420
New Hampshire 860 1.32 1.82 $16.50 $34,330
Maine 720 1.20 1.66 $16.79 $34,930
Maryland 2,670 1.00 1.38 $16.92 $35,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,660 1.00 1.38 $20.85 $43,360
New York 4,660 0.51 0.70 $20.60 $42,840
Alaska 190 0.60 0.83 $19.79 $41,160
Massachusetts 3,170 0.90 1.24 $19.69 $40,950
California 9,780 0.59 0.81 $19.08 $39,690



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,670 0.40 0.55 $19.61 $40,790
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.59 0.82 $17.76 $36,940
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,950 1.35 1.86 $16.96 $35,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,880 0.75 1.04 $17.59 $36,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,860 0.64 0.88 $14.07 $29,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,730 0.90 1.24 $18.22 $37,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,710 0.65 0.90 $15.10 $31,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.38 0.52 $19.32 $40,190
Pittsburgh, PA 1,540 1.35 1.87 $15.12 $31,460
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,390 1.39 1.92 $13.55 $28,190


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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 180 3.56 4.91 $21.23 $44,160
Corvallis, OR 120 3.31 4.56 $18.92 $39,360
Fort Collins, CO 430 2.79 3.85 $17.28 $35,940
College Station-Bryan, TX 300 2.67 3.69 $16.19 $33,680
Gainesville, FL 340 2.56 3.52 $15.26 $31,730
Champaign-Urbana, IL 240 2.45 3.37 $17.65 $36,700
Grand Junction, CO 140 2.43 3.34 $15.26 $31,750
The Villages, FL 60 2.26 3.12 $15.42 $32,070
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 110 2.17 2.98 $15.62 $32,500
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 200 2.15 2.96 $17.52 $36,440