Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
89,480 2.2 % $13.79 $28,690 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.59 $11.09 $13.24 $15.73 $18.70
Annual Wage (2) $19,950 $23,060 $27,540 $32,730 $38,890


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 79,460 10.91 $13.37 $27,820
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,500 0.11 $18.93 $39,370
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,520 0.37 $16.70 $34,750
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,430 0.67 $13.40 $27,860
Other Personal Services 590 0.17 $12.84 $26,700

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 79,460 10.91 $13.37 $27,820
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,430 0.67 $13.40 $27,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,520 0.37 $16.70 $34,750
Other Personal Services 590 0.17 $12.84 $26,700
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.13 $18.13 $37,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 180 0.06 $23.05 $47,950
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 560 0.01 $20.60 $42,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,500 0.11 $18.93 $39,370
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 160 0.10 $18.84 $39,190
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.13 $18.13 $37,720


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 12,410 0.73 1.18 $15.62 $32,480
Texas 5,440 0.45 0.73 $12.70 $26,410
Florida 4,970 0.58 0.93 $13.20 $27,450
New York 4,030 0.43 0.69 $15.54 $32,320
Virginia 3,850 1.01 1.63 $12.86 $26,750




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 750 1.24 2.00 $16.67 $34,680
Washington 3,650 1.12 1.81 $14.99 $31,180
Kentucky 1,960 1.04 1.67 $12.20 $25,380
Virginia 3,850 1.01 1.63 $12.86 $26,750
Arizona 2,780 1.00 1.61 $14.08 $29,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,400 0.39 0.63 $17.65 $36,720
Connecticut 960 0.58 0.94 $16.75 $34,850
Maine 750 1.24 2.00 $16.67 $34,680
California 12,410 0.73 1.18 $15.62 $32,480
New York 4,030 0.43 0.69 $15.54 $32,320





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-Anaheim, CA 4,060 0.66 1.07 $14.73 $30,630
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,430 0.36 0.58 $15.59 $32,440
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,320 1.17 1.89 $15.00 $31,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,270 0.72 1.17 $13.55 $28,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,150 1.04 1.69 $14.12 $29,360
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,850 0.52 0.84 $13.27 $27,590
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,650 0.36 0.58 $13.66 $28,410
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,510 0.77 1.24 $13.30 $27,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,370 0.94 1.52 $15.86 $32,990
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,350 0.56 0.91 $16.61 $34,560