31-9096 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Occupational Description:
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 postoperative 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. Excludes ?Animal Caretakers? (39-2021).

Occupational Employment Statistics(OES) Wage Data
Wages Updated to First Quarter, 2020
GeographyEmploymentEmp SE*MeanMean SE*10th25thMedian75th90th
Minnesota 1,290457$14.56/hr$0.47/hr$11.24/hr$12.40/hr$14.10/hr$15.75/hr$18.59/hr
U S 97,0302,135$14.54/hr$0.09/hr$10.17/hr$11.79/hr$14.00/hr$16.74/hr$19.48/hr
*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.

Leading Industries for Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
IndustryOES EmploymentOES Median Wage
Professional and Business Services1,090$13.76/hr
Other Services30$12.78/hr
Other Regional Data For Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Geography (click title for details)OESProjections
EmploymentMedian Wage% Change 2020 - 2030
Minnesota 1,290 $14.10/hr 11.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,060 $13.95/hr N/A
Central Minnesota 100 $11.52/hr 5.0%
Northwest Minnesota 90 $13.86/hr N/A
Northwest Balance of State 70 $13.80/hr N/A
Northeast Minnesota 70 $13.70/hr 12.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60 $13.84/hr N/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50 $12.04/hr N/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20 $11.39/hr N/A
Northeast Balance of State 10 $13.71/hr N/A
Southeast Minnesota N/A $14.64/hr 12.2%
St Cloud MN MSA N/A N/A N/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A $14.60/hr N/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A $14.58/hr N/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/A $14.49/hr 10.1%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/A N/A N/A
Southwest Minnesota N/A $13.39/hr 14.1%
Southwest Balance of State N/A N/A N/A
Related Occupations
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EmploymentMedian Wage% Change 2020 - 2030
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers3,250$12.38/hr23.9%
Surgical Technologists2,460$29.09/hr6.4%
Respiratory Therapists1,840$33.86/hr20.5%
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse940$16.44/hr-4.1%
Tasks for Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers