Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

29-1131 Veterinarians

Diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. May engage in a particular function, such as research and development, consultation, administration, technical writing, sale or production of commercial products, or rendering of technical services to commercial firms or other organizations. Include veterinarians who inspect livestock.

National estimates for this occupation
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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)
42,900 2.0 % $35.44 $73,720 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.27 $23.58 $30.33 $41.23 $59.31
Annual Wage (2) $38,000 $49,050 $63,090 $85,770 $123,370

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other professional and technical services 39,690 $35.73 $74,310 1 4
Federal government (OES designation) 1,000 $33.14 $68,940 2 5
State government (OES designation) 470 $29.90 $62,190 3 10
Social advocacy organizations 300 $27.73 $57,680 4 12
Colleges and universities 230 $23.64 $49,180 5 14

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Support activities for animal production 110 $49.30 $102,530 11 1
Scientific research and development services 120 $42.01 $87,380 7 2
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 90 $39.30 $81,740 12 3
Other professional and technical services 39,690 $35.73 $74,310 1 4
Federal government (OES designation) 1,000 $33.14 $68,940 2 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Nebraska 530 $27.15 $56,470 0.061% 60
Idaho 300 $26.28 $54,660 0.053% 60
Iowa 720 $42.49 $88,370 0.051% 13
Wisconsin 1,340 $31.82 $66,190 0.050% 32
Oregon 750 $30.14 $62,680 0.048% 49

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Texas 3,110 $44.40 $92,350 0.034% 17
Rhode Island 140 $43.63 $90,740 0.030% 17
New Jersey 1,040 $42.83 $89,080 0.027% 30
Iowa 720 $42.49 $88,370 0.051% 13
California 3,670 $41.50 $86,310 0.025% 35

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Ocala, FL MSA 80 $33.32 $69,310 0.096%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 160 $43.54 $90,560 0.082%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA 130 $15.66 $32,580 0.081%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 530 $30.96 $64,400 0.080%
Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH MSA 50 $35.41 $73,650 0.077%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Houston, TX PMSA 1,020 $59.82 $124,430 0.050%
Gary, IN PMSA 70 $54.97 $114,330 0.028%
Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY MSA 30 $51.60 $107,330 0.046%
Oakland, CA PMSA 340 $49.77 $103,530 0.034%
Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA 60 $48.90 $101,700 0.028%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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