Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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)
67,510 2.7 % $9.42 $19,590 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.45 $7.44 $8.83 $10.69 $13.18
Annual Wage (2) $13,410 $15,480 $18,370 $22,240 $27,420

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other professional and technical services 59,970 $9.13 $18,990
Colleges and universities 2,860 $11.82 $24,590
Scientific research and development services 1,400 $12.60 $26,210
Other personal services 540 $10.70 $22,270
Social advocacy organizations 530 $9.84 $20,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 370 $13.61 $28,300
Scientific research and development services 1,400 $12.60 $26,210
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 70 $12.20 $25,370
State government (OES designation) 40 $12.00 $24,960
General medical and surgical hospitals 270 $11.91 $24,770

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
Vermont 320 $8.72 $18,150 0.110%
Kansas 1,180 $7.91 $16,450 0.091%
Louisiana 1,460 $8.39 $17,440 0.079%
Missouri 2,070 $9.20 $19,140 0.079%
Massachusetts 2,360 $12.38 $25,760 0.075%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 2,360 $12.38 $25,760 0.075%
District of Columbia 60 $11.71 $24,360 0.010%
Connecticut 930 $11.59 $24,110 0.057%
Colorado 760 $11.42 $23,740 0.036%
Rhode Island (7) $10.90 $22,670 (7)

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 190 $8.96 $18,640 0.223%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 340 $11.47 $23,860 0.176%
State College, PA MSA 110 $10.47 $21,780 0.175%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 320 $9.71 $20,200 0.169%
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 160 $9.74 $20,270 0.160%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 290 $13.14 $27,330 0.034%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 540 $13.06 $27,170 0.056%
Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 210 $12.96 $26,950 0.037%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 1,930 $12.66 $26,330 0.102%
New York, NY PMSA 480 $12.55 $26,110 0.012%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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