Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
730,290 0.6 % $19.88 $41,360 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.27 $16.47 $19.42 $22.79 $26.93
Annual Wage (2) $29,680 $34,260 $40,380 $47,400 $56,010


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities 217,020 13.10 $20.48 $42,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 145,130 2.81 $19.35 $40,250
Offices of Physicians 90,090 3.90 $18.02 $37,480
Home Health Care Services 69,470 6.48 $20.46 $42,550
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 41,040 5.55 $20.32 $42,270

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities 217,020 13.10 $20.48 $42,590
Home Health Care Services 69,470 6.48 $20.46 $42,550
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 41,040 5.55 $20.32 $42,270
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 9,550 3.95 $19.21 $39,960
Offices of Physicians 90,090 3.90 $18.02 $37,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 60 (7) $24.17 $50,270
Rooming and Boarding Houses 50 0.41 $22.80 $47,430
Employment Services 37,860 1.42 $22.21 $46,190
Activities Related to Real Estate 100 0.02 $21.66 $45,060
Office Administrative Services 1,590 0.40 $21.42 $44,540


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 70,630 7.00 1.22 $20.06 $41,720
California 62,850 4.49 0.78 $24.27 $50,490
New York 45,100 5.41 0.94 $20.54 $42,730
Florida 42,520 5.99 1.04 $19.34 $40,230
Ohio 40,980 8.33 1.45 $19.37 $40,300




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 22,060 12.04 2.10 $18.19 $37,830
Arkansas 12,010 10.58 1.84 $16.48 $34,280
Mississippi 10,570 9.87 1.72 $16.79 $34,930
Oklahoma 14,450 9.74 1.70 $16.30 $33,900
Tennessee 24,770 9.64 1.68 $17.33 $36,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 8,650 5.41 0.94 $25.62 $53,280
New Jersey 15,020 3.98 0.69 $24.50 $50,950
Rhode Island 1,420 3.17 0.55 $24.47 $50,900
California 62,850 4.49 0.78 $24.27 $50,490
Nevada 2,000 1.80 0.31 $24.11 $50,150

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 19,410 5.09 0.89 $23.23 $48,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 17,670 3.55 0.62 $23.80 $49,510
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,420 4.97 0.87 $20.84 $43,360
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 11,240 3.17 0.55 $21.34 $44,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,970 5.48 0.95 $23.17 $48,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 10,590 5.87 1.02 $23.42 $48,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,100 4.59 0.80 $18.15 $37,750
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,750 5.21 0.91 $19.81 $41,210
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 8,370 8.64 1.50 $20.67 $42,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,460 4.50 0.78 $23.79 $49,490




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sherman-Denison, TX 890 21.89 3.81 $20.31 $42,240
Victoria, TX 930 19.92 3.47 $17.39 $36,180
Rome, GA 630 17.81 3.10 $16.60 $34,530
Hot Springs, AR 630 17.56 3.06 $16.67 $34,670
Sandusky, OH 590 17.33 3.02 $19.02 $39,560
Lawton, OK 720 17.30 3.01 $15.66 $32,570
Alexandria, LA 940 15.30 2.66 $16.85 $35,040
Tyler, TX 1,380 15.27 2.66 $19.62 $40,800
Pine Bluff, AR 510 15.04 2.62 $14.61 $30,380
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 2,510 14.70 2.56 $18.12 $37,700