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Veterinary Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretakers Salary Information

The salary statistics of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Veterinary Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretakers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,110
25th Percentile Wage
$21,990
50th Percentile Wage
$26,140
75th Percentile Wage
$31,170
90th Percentile Wage
$38,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is $38,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,110. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 100% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$26,140
3.40% 11.51%
2016
$25,250
3.52% -
2015
$24,360
2.34% -
2014
$23,790
1.01% -
2013
$23,550
1.78% -
2012
$23,130
- -

Table 2. Veterinary Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretakers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $40,370. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $24,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$40,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$40,360
Educational Services
$37,000
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,480
Health Care and Social Assistance
$34,460
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$34,040
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,350
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$25,710
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,970

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers by States

From the above tables we note that not only veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,480 to $34,870. The highest paying state for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $34,870. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,480. For more salary information of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$34,870
Maine
$30,920
Connecticut
$30,760
North Dakota
$30,490
Vermont
$29,930
Alaska
$29,910
Oregon
$29,460
California
$29,300
Washington
$29,220
New York
$28,750
Minnesota
$28,490
Hawaii
$28,210
Indiana
$28,060
District of Columbia
$27,140
North Carolina
$27,110
Idaho
$27,040
Wyoming
$26,550
Arizona
$26,330
Illinois
$26,300
New Jersey
$26,270
Maryland
$26,190
Colorado
$26,160
Kansas
$25,970
Nebraska
$25,840
Montana
$25,800
Nevada
$25,720
Pennsylvania
$25,290
Iowa
$25,030
Rhode Island
$24,980
Wisconsin
$24,870
Delaware
$24,790
Virginia
$24,630
Michigan
$24,450
Ohio
$24,380
New Hampshire
$24,370
Florida
$24,290
Georgia
$24,230
Texas
$23,630
Oklahoma
$23,630
Tennessee
$23,590
South Carolina
$23,570
South Dakota
$23,570
Mississippi
$23,540
Missouri
$23,430
New Mexico
$22,730
Kentucky
$22,670
Alabama
$22,410
Arkansas
$22,120
Louisiana
$22,000
Utah
$21,460
West Virginia
$21,140
Puerto Rico
$18,480



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