Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
79,870 2.2 % $14.92 $31,030 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.85 $11.77 $14.28 $17.45 $21.17
Annual Wage (2) $20,500 $24,480 $29,710 $36,300 $44,030


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 73,330 12.66 $14.64 $30,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,270 0.08 $17.95 $37,330
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,230 0.20 $18.12 $37,700
Social Advocacy Organizations 980 0.52 $15.24 $31,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 630 0.03 $23.28 $48,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 73,330 12.66 $14.64 $30,450
Social Advocacy Organizations 980 0.52 $15.24 $31,700
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,230 0.20 $18.12 $37,700
Support Activities for Animal Production 40 0.15 $17.22 $35,820
Other Personal Services 210 0.09 $13.74 $28,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 630 0.03 $23.28 $48,430
State Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $22.62 $47,060
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 130 0.05 $20.66 $42,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 60 (7) $20.50 $42,630
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 100 0.04 $19.69 $40,960


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,210 0.66 1.05 $16.97 $35,300
Texas 6,760 0.67 1.07 $13.45 $27,980
Florida 6,170 0.87 1.38 $14.25 $29,650
New York 4,190 0.50 0.80 $17.57 $36,540
Pennsylvania 3,280 0.60 0.95 $15.37 $31,980




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 410 1.43 2.27 $14.78 $30,740
Colorado 2,590 1.20 1.91 $14.14 $29,420
New Hampshire 660 1.10 1.74 $15.30 $31,830
Rhode Island 480 1.07 1.71 $14.50 $30,160
Massachusetts 3,180 1.02 1.63 $16.92 $35,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,130 0.71 1.13 $17.64 $36,680
New York 4,190 0.50 0.80 $17.57 $36,540
Alaska 200 0.63 1.01 $17.22 $35,810
California 9,210 0.66 1.05 $16.97 $35,300
Massachusetts 3,180 1.02 1.63 $16.92 $35,190

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,010 0.80 1.28 $13.34 $27,750
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.50 0.79 $14.92 $31,030
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,600 0.97 1.54 $17.65 $36,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.41 0.64 $17.03 $35,420
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,520 1.10 1.76 $15.44 $32,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.29 0.47 $18.18 $37,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,370 0.82 1.30 $14.32 $29,790
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,300 1.05 1.67 $15.15 $31,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,220 0.56 0.89 $12.66 $26,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,220 0.73 1.16 $16.58 $34,480




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 400 3.20 5.09 $13.70 $28,500
College Station-Bryan, TX 250 2.71 4.31 $15.09 $31,390
Gainesville, FL 320 2.69 4.27 $13.49 $28,060
Worcester, MA-CT 600 2.52 4.02 $17.52 $36,440
Bend, OR 130 2.12 3.38 $14.20 $29,540
Ocala, FL 180 1.96 3.12 $14.55 $30,260
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 100 1.95 3.10 $15.09 $31,390
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 90 1.93 3.07 $15.86 $32,990
Auburn-Opelika, AL 80 1.74 2.77 $18.44 $38,360
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 170 1.74 2.77 $15.15 $31,510




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 750 0.91 1.45 $21.43 $44,580
Waterbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $20.17 $41,960
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 390 0.71 1.13 $20.07 $41,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.85 $41,290
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.73 1.17 $19.35 $40,250
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 100 0.15 0.23 $19.31 $40,170
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $19.23 $39,990
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 200 0.83 1.32 $19.02 $39,560
Ithaca, NY 40 0.77 1.22 $18.99 $39,500
Champaign-Urbana, IL 130 1.28 2.04 $18.98 $39,470

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.99 1.58 (8) (8)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 0.83 1.32 $11.60 $24,130
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 1.03 1.65 $10.84 $22,560
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.48 0.77 $14.01 $29,140
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.06 1.69 $13.32 $27,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 2.88 4.58 $11.14 $23,180
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.83 2.91 $14.32 $29,780
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 50 1.48 2.35 $14.01 $29,140
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.42 2.26 $11.38 $23,660
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.23 1.96 $15.51 $32,260

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.10 $45,970
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.20 1.92 $20.46 $42,550
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.54 0.86 $17.31 $36,010
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.62 0.99 $16.88 $35,100
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 0.80 $16.70 $34,730


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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