Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
61,110 2.6 % $12.66 $26,330 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.48 $9.93 $12.19 $14.94 $17.45
Annual Wage (2) $17,630 $20,650 $25,360 $31,060 $36,300

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 55,840 $12.42 $25,830
Colleges and universities 1,890 $14.82 $30,830
Federal government (OES designation) 700 $18.04 $37,530
Social advocacy organizations 610 $12.09 $25,140
Scientific research and development services 450 $15.95 $33,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 700 $18.04 $37,530
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 160 $17.94 $37,320
State government (OES designation) 70 $16.64 $34,610
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 80 $16.42 $34,160
Local government (OES designation) 130 $16.37 $34,040

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 310 $13.10 $27,240 0.105%
Rhode Island 470 $13.11 $27,280 0.098%
New Hampshire 520 $11.95 $24,860 0.084%
Colorado 1,710 $12.14 $25,260 0.080%
Oregon 1,220 $12.66 $26,340 0.077%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 100 $15.30 $31,820 0.034%
Connecticut 830 $15.07 $31,350 0.051%
California 6,600 $14.88 $30,950 0.045%
Massachusetts 1,770 $14.67 $30,520 0.057%
Iowa 530 $14.36 $29,870 0.037%

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 190 $6.56 $13,650 0.247%
Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA 100 $9.94 $20,680 0.220%
Gainesville, FL MSA 260 $10.33 $21,490 0.209%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 220 $13.20 $27,460 0.179%
Asheville, NC MSA 190 $9.90 $20,590 0.172%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA (7) $18.38 $38,230 (7)
San Francisco, CA PMSA 530 $18.15 $37,750 0.056%
San Jose, CA PMSA 520 $18.02 $37,480 0.061%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 80 $17.48 $36,350 0.089%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 190 $17.04 $35,430 0.102%

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

All Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations

November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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