Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
729,140 0.6 % $20.21 $42,040 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.74 $16.67 $19.79 $23.04 $27.44
Annual Wage (2) $30,650 $34,670 $41,150 $47,920 $57,080


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 215,270 12.90 $20.72 $43,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 136,190 2.62 $19.74 $41,060
Offices of Physicians 89,740 3.83 $18.48 $38,440
Home Health Care Services 73,760 6.55 $20.75 $43,160
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 42,920 5.66 $20.66 $42,960

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 215,270 12.90 $20.72 $43,090
Home Health Care Services 73,760 6.55 $20.75 $43,160
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 42,920 5.66 $20.66 $42,960
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 9,320 3.97 $19.81 $41,200
Offices of Physicians 89,740 3.83 $18.48 $38,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 100 0.08 $23.04 $47,930
Junior Colleges 30 (7) $22.87 $47,560
Employment Services 41,010 1.39 $21.96 $45,670
Office Administrative Services 920 0.23 $21.86 $45,480
Activities Related to Real Estate 100 0.02 $21.74 $45,230


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 72,100 7.00 1.23 $20.32 $42,260
California 64,460 4.59 0.81 $24.58 $51,130
New York 47,950 5.69 1.00 $21.07 $43,820
Florida 42,710 5.97 1.05 $19.60 $40,770
Ohio 42,250 8.49 1.49 $19.41 $40,370




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 22,150 12.04 2.12 $18.36 $38,180
Arkansas 12,190 10.69 1.88 $16.79 $34,920
Mississippi 10,620 9.90 1.74 $16.62 $34,580
Oklahoma 13,610 9.09 1.60 $17.06 $35,490
West Virginia 6,250 8.93 1.57 $16.01 $33,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 8,620 5.36 0.94 $25.49 $53,010
Nevada 2,140 1.93 0.34 $25.13 $52,270
Rhode Island 1,260 2.79 0.49 $24.95 $51,900
New Jersey 14,690 3.90 0.69 $24.65 $51,270
California 64,460 4.59 0.81 $24.58 $51,130





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 19,360 5.07 0.89 $23.91 $49,740
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 18,880 3.73 0.66 $24.25 $50,440
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 11,930 4.68 0.82 $21.93 $45,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,460 3.20 0.56 $21.29 $44,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,160 5.46 0.96 $21.67 $45,070
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 10,370 5.71 1.00 $24.25 $50,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,300 4.17 0.73 $18.73 $38,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,730 5.10 0.90 $20.22 $42,060
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 8,170 8.35 1.47 $20.83 $43,320
St. Louis, MO-IL 7,890 6.21 1.09 $19.19 $39,910