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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,540
25th Percentile Wage
$21,170
50th Percentile Wage
$25,250
75th Percentile Wage
$30,460
90th Percentile Wage
$37,810

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 $37,810. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,540. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 103% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201625,2503.52%8.40%
201524,3602.34%-
201423,7901.01%-
201323,5501.78%-
201223,130--

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

The average salaries of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in 8 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 federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $39,230. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $24,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,230
Manufacturing
$36,800
Educational Services
$35,500
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,100
Health Care and Social Assistance
$33,510
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$27,570
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$24,810
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,010

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 $18,100 to $33,200. The highest paying state for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $33,200. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,100. 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
$33,200
Maine
$30,790
Connecticut
$30,470
New Jersey
$29,420
Minnesota
$29,350
Alaska
$29,130
Washington
$28,590
California
$28,260
Oregon
$28,240
New York
$27,660
North Dakota
$27,630
Vermont
$27,340
District of Columbia
$27,140
Wyoming
$26,440
Montana
$26,380
Colorado
$26,220
South Dakota
$26,040
Idaho
$25,900
Hawaii
$25,530
Illinois
$25,470
New Hampshire
$25,360
Virginia
$25,270
Indiana
$25,260
Arizona
$25,080
Iowa
$25,030
Rhode Island
$24,980
North Carolina
$24,970
Maryland
$24,680
Michigan
$24,650
Kansas
$24,620
Delaware
$24,460
New Mexico
$24,340
Nevada
$24,110
Pennsylvania
$23,800
Ohio
$23,650
Wisconsin
$23,650
Oklahoma
$23,630
Florida
$23,620
South Carolina
$23,310
Nebraska
$23,170
Tennessee
$23,160
Missouri
$23,100
Georgia
$23,020
Texas
$22,900
Mississippi
$22,460
Alabama
$22,340
Louisiana
$22,090
Kentucky
$21,530
West Virginia
$21,190
Arkansas
$20,970
Utah
$19,960
Puerto Rico
$18,100


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