Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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. Exclude "Nonfarm Animal Caretakers" (39-2021).

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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)
62,740 2.4 % $9.07 $18,870 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.32 $7.24 $8.55 $10.39 $12.68
Annual Wage (2) $13,140 $15,050 $17,790 $21,610 $26,370

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 55,130 $8.74 $18,180 1 15
Colleges and universities 2,590 $11.60 $24,120 2 7
Scientific research and development services 1,840 $12.00 $24,950 3 6
Other personal services 690 $10.93 $22,720 4 9
Social advocacy organizations 530 $9.63 $20,030 5 12

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 370 $14.65 $30,470 6 1
State government (OES designation) 40 $14.12 $29,370 14 2
Employment services 130 $13.98 $29,080 11 3
General medical and surgical hospitals 160 $13.61 $28,310 8 4
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 140 $12.81 $26,630 9 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
Maine 530 $10.38 $21,580 0.089% 457
Vermont 250 $8.60 $17,880 0.085% 473
Louisiana 1,480 $8.02 $16,680 0.081% 592
Wyoming 180 $7.79 $16,190 0.075% 420
Virginia 2,530 $8.67 $18,030 0.075% 618

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 2,290 $12.09 $25,150 0.072% 549
Connecticut 960 $11.03 $22,950 0.058% 525
Maine 530 $10.38 $21,580 0.089% 457
Rhode Island 140 $10.30 $21,420 0.030% 450
Maryland 1,550 $10.30 $21,420 0.064% 570

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
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 350 $9.41 $19,580 0.195%
Charlottesville, VA MSA 130 $7.95 $16,530 0.156%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 60 $7.75 $16,130 0.146%
State College, PA MSA 80 $11.17 $23,220 0.128%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 250 $8.91 $18,530 0.128%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 150 $13.25 $27,560 0.066%
San Jose, CA PMSA 250 $12.87 $26,760 0.028%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 170 $12.76 $26,530 0.067%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 1,710 $12.55 $26,090 0.090%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 190 $12.02 $25,000 0.030%

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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).

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(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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