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 post-operative 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 "Nonfarm Animal Caretakers" (39-2021).

Occupational Employment Statistics(OES) Wage Data
Wages Updated to First Quarter, 2018
GeographyEmploymentEmp SE*MeanMean SE*10th25thMedian75th90th
EDR 11 - 7 County Twin Cities N/A522$14.24/hr$0.83/hr$11.04/hr$12.57/hr$13.80/hr$15.01/hr$18.13/hr
Minnesota 1,520500$14.36/hr$0.59/hr$10.90/hr$12.44/hr$13.90/hr$15.45/hr$18.77/hr
U S 84,4002,279$13.47/hr$0.08/hr$9.33/hr$10.73/hr$12.76/hr$15.21/hr$18.69/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
Education and Health Services170$17.25/hr
Other Regional Data For Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Geography (click title for details)OESProjections
EmploymentMedian Wage% Change  - 
EDR 10 - Southeast 180 $14.09/hr N/A
EDR 3 - Arrowhead 50 $12.13/hr N/A
EDR 7W- Central N/A $11.90/hr N/A
EDR 6E- Southwest Central N/A N/A N/A
EDR 11 - 7 County Twin Cities N/A $13.80/hr N/A
EDR 1 - Northwest N/A N/A N/A
EDR 7E- East Central N/A $14.00/hr N/A
EDR 8 - Southwest N/A N/A N/A
EDR 5 - North Central N/A N/A N/A
EDR 4 - West Central N/A N/A N/A
EDR 2 - Headwaters N/A N/A N/A
EDR 9 - South Central N/A $17.09/hr N/A
Related Occupations
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EmploymentMedian Wage% Change  - 
Dental Hygienists3,170$35.81/hrN/A
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers2,220$11.18/hrN/A
Surgical Technologists1,180$27.47/hrN/A
Respiratory Therapists1,040$33.25/hrN/A
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse380$11.62/hrN/A
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians300$21.68/hrN/A
Tasks for Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers