Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
58,570 2.8 % $12.49 $25,990 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.51 $9.88 $11.99 $14.56 $17.12
Annual Wage (2) $17,710 $20,540 $24,940 $30,290 $35,620

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 53,780 $12.28 $25,540
Colleges and universities 1,580 $14.55 $30,260
Federal government (OES designation) 640 $18.46 $38,390
Social advocacy organizations 460 $11.84 $24,620
Scientific research and development services 270 $15.87 $33,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 640 $18.46 $38,390
State government (OES designation) 80 $17.29 $35,960
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 190 $16.15 $33,590
Local government (OES designation) 130 $16.03 $33,330
Scientific research and development services 270 $15.87 $33,000

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
Rhode Island 450 $12.72 $26,450 0.094%
Vermont 230 $14.01 $29,140 0.078%
Colorado 1,630 $11.52 $23,970 0.077%
New Hampshire 460 $11.86 $24,670 0.075%
Maine 440 $12.72 $26,460 0.074%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 90 $14.68 $30,540 0.031%
California 6,630 $14.68 $30,530 0.046%
Vermont 230 $14.01 $29,140 0.078%
Massachusetts 1,570 $13.98 $29,090 0.050%
Iowa 470 $13.92 $28,960 0.033%

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
Bryan-College Station, TX MSA 180 $6.52 $13,560 0.237%
Asheville, NC MSA 190 $9.97 $20,740 0.175%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 210 $11.12 $23,120 0.173%
Gainesville, FL MSA 200 $10.61 $22,070 0.165%
Reading, PA MSA 240 $13.04 $27,120 0.149%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Burlington, VT MSA 40 $19.48 $40,520 0.037%
San Jose, CA PMSA 390 $18.51 $38,490 0.046%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 500 $17.52 $36,440 0.052%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 80 $17.16 $35,690 0.089%
Anchorage, AK MSA 30 $17.09 $35,540 0.022%

About May 2004 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.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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