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Northwest Workforce Development Area (1Q 2020)
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Estimated employment210
Mean wage$15.23
Entry wage$13.13
10th percentile wage$11.97
50th percentile wage$14.70
90th percentile wage$19.80
Top Employing Industries
Professional and Business Services210100%
Top Paying Industries
Median Wage
Professional and Business Services210$14.70
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers (31-9096)
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).
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$14.70 $15.67  -$0.97
2019$13.93+5.5%$14.85 +5.5%-$0.91
2018$13.41+3.9%$14.30 +3.9%-$0.88
2017$12.98+3.3%$13.84 +3.3%-$0.85
2016$12.54+3.5%$13.37 +3.5%-$0.82
2015$12.33+1.7%$13.14 +1.7%-$0.81
2014$12.08+2.0%$12.88 +2.0%-$0.79
2013$11.93+1.3%$12.72 +1.3%-$0.78
2012$11.76+1.5%$12.53 +1.5%-$0.77
2011$11.59+1.4%$12.36 +1.4%-$0.76
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$14.70 $21.91  -$7.21
2019$13.93+5.5%$21.02 +4.2%-$7.08
2018$13.41+3.9%$20.38 +3.1%-$6.96
2017$12.98+3.3%$19.83 +2.8%-$6.85
2016$12.54+3.5%$19.38 +2.3%-$6.83
2015$12.33+1.7%$18.98 +2.1%-$6.64
2014$12.08+2.0%$18.57 +2.2%-$6.48
2013$11.93+1.3%$18.20 +2.1%-$6.26
2012$11.76+1.5%$17.88 +1.7%-$6.12
2011$11.59+1.4%$17.60 +1.6%-$6.00
Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2020
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
South Central $19.21350
Eastern $14.96150
North Central $14.89320
Northwest $14.70210
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
South Central $19.21350
North Central $14.89320
Northwest $14.70210
Southwest $14.30170
Wages in other areas
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