Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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.

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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)
54,040 2.1 % $11.56 $24,050 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.78 $9.24 $11.03 $13.41 $16.22
Annual Wage (2) $16,170 $19,210 $22,950 $27,890 $33,750

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 49,910 $11.36 $23,620 1 14
Colleges and universities 1,410 $13.87 $28,850 2 9
Federal government (OES designation) 580 $16.56 $34,450 3 3
Social advocacy organizations 340 $10.98 $22,840 4 15
Other personal services 240 $10.48 $21,790 5 16

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 180 $20.77 $43,200 7 1
State government (OES designation) 70 $16.64 $34,610 12 2
Federal government (OES designation) 580 $16.56 $34,450 3 3
Local government (OES designation) 150 $15.38 $31,980 9 4
Other hospitals (6) $15.34 $31,910 (6) 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
Rhode Island 350 $12.19 $25,360 0.074% 384
Maryland 1,790 $11.23 $23,370 0.074% 537
Idaho 400 $9.44 $19,630 0.071% 462
Arizona 1,550 $11.38 $23,670 0.069% 472
New Hampshire 400 $11.45 $23,810 0.066% 457

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 90 $15.22 $31,650 0.031% 305
Vermont 150 $13.55 $28,190 0.051% 298
Connecticut 850 $13.29 $27,650 0.052% 457
New Jersey 1,320 $13.23 $27,520 0.034% 520
Iowa 370 $13.03 $27,110 0.026% 398

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
Gainesville, FL MSA 240 $9.75 $20,270 0.197%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 220 $10.93 $22,730 0.182%
Bryan-College Station, TX MSA 110 $7.58 $15,770 0.145%
Yolo, CA PMSA 120 $10.76 $22,380 0.136%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 260 $13.13 $27,300 0.133%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 300 $16.89 $35,130 0.034%
Burlington, VT MSA 60 $16.21 $33,720 0.058%
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 240 $15.55 $32,350 0.062%
Anchorage, AK MSA 40 $15.49 $32,210 0.029%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 400 $14.86 $30,910 0.031%

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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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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