Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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
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)
48,290 2.3 % $36.69 $76,320 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.04 $25.33 $32.83 $43.10 $57.76
Annual Wage (2) $39,600 $52,680 $68,280 $89,650 $120,150

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 44,440 $36.86 $76,680
Federal government (OES designation) 1,090 $37.71 $78,430
State government (OES designation) 590 $31.01 $64,490
Colleges and universities 480 $26.85 $55,850
Social advocacy organizations 410 $31.61 $65,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support activities for animal production 90 $46.48 $96,680
Scientific research and development services 240 $41.66 $86,640
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 170 $40.57 $84,390
Other personal services 60 $39.51 $82,190
Spectator sports 70 $39.18 $81,500

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
Colorado 1,600 $30.01 $62,420 0.075%
Vermont 210 $32.22 $67,020 0.071%
Nebraska 530 $31.90 $66,350 0.060%
Montana 230 $26.19 $54,480 0.056%
Idaho 330 $27.98 $58,200 0.056%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Connecticut 690 $44.47 $92,490 0.042%
New Jersey 1,370 $44.29 $92,120 0.035%
Nevada 340 $43.14 $89,730 0.029%
California 4,250 $42.91 $89,250 0.029%
Maryland 1,200 $42.64 $88,690 0.048%

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
Greeley, CO PMSA 120 $28.74 $59,790 0.165%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 180 $33.17 $68,990 0.147%
Columbia, MO MSA 90 $20.81 $43,280 0.116%
Redding, CA MSA 70 $33.79 $70,290 0.108%
Lawrence, KS MSA 50 $27.76 $57,750 0.103%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 40 $72.26 $150,290 0.032%
Gary, IN PMSA 70 $59.51 $123,770 0.028%
Canton-Massillon, OH MSA 50 $54.26 $112,860 0.029%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 90 $53.96 $112,240 0.100%
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 310 $53.39 $111,050 0.026%

About November 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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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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