Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
718,800 0.6 % $20.39 $42,400 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.89 $16.82 $19.97 $23.26 $27.58
Annual Wage (2) $30,970 $34,990 $41,540 $48,380 $57,360


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 (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 213,180 12.82 $20.95 $43,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 124,400 2.38 $19.87 $41,330
Offices of Physicians 90,160 3.79 $18.74 $38,980
Home Health Care Services 77,990 6.62 $21.11 $43,920
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 44,510 5.68 $20.93 $43,540

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 (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 213,180 12.82 $20.95 $43,570
Home Health Care Services 77,990 6.62 $21.11 $43,920
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 44,510 5.68 $20.93 $43,540
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 9,310 4.00 $19.86 $41,320
Offices of Physicians 90,160 3.79 $18.74 $38,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 40 0.01 $23.71 $49,320
Insurance Carriers 1,080 0.09 $23.29 $48,450
Grantmaking and Giving Services 80 0.07 $22.83 $47,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 300 0.05 $22.09 $45,950
Lessors of Real Estate 70 0.01 $21.93 $45,620


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 75,780 7.16 1.30 $20.73 $43,120
California 61,950 4.33 0.79 $24.60 $51,170
New York 48,520 5.68 1.03 $21.28 $44,250
Florida 42,980 5.91 1.07 $19.74 $41,050
Ohio 40,400 7.99 1.45 $19.45 $40,460




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 22,540 12.06 2.19 $18.18 $37,820
Arkansas 12,350 10.69 1.94 $16.97 $35,300
Mississippi 10,370 9.60 1.74 $16.94 $35,230
West Virginia 6,480 9.11 1.65 $16.18 $33,660
Tennessee 21,890 8.24 1.49 $17.40 $36,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 8,320 5.14 0.93 $25.75 $53,560
Nevada 2,350 2.09 0.38 $25.41 $52,850
Alaska 630 1.96 0.36 $25.23 $52,480
Massachusetts 17,520 5.47 0.99 $25.03 $52,060
New Jersey 14,360 3.79 0.69 $24.69 $51,350





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 19,950 3.87 0.70 $24.08 $50,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 19,700 5.09 0.92 $24.18 $50,300
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 13,150 6.27 1.14 $22.27 $46,310
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,050 4.94 0.90 $22.18 $46,140
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,800 2.97 0.54 $22.17 $46,110
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 10,020 5.50 1.00 $22.94 $47,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,550 4.22 0.77 $19.12 $39,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,650 4.95 0.90 $20.67 $42,990
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 7,880 7.00 1.27 $19.64 $40,840
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,530 4.40 0.80 $24.99 $51,980