Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
705,200 0.5 % $20.63 $42,910 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.05 $16.99 $20.15 $23.52 $27.90
Annual Wage (2) $31,300 $35,340 $41,920 $48,920 $58,020


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) 213,160 12.87 $21.14 $43,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 112,480 2.13 $20.19 $42,000
Offices of Physicians 91,080 3.76 $18.87 $39,260
Home Health Care Services 77,290 6.38 $21.62 $44,970
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 46,190 5.67 $21.26 $44,230

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) 213,160 12.87 $21.14 $43,960
Home Health Care Services 77,290 6.38 $21.62 $44,970
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 46,190 5.67 $21.26 $44,230
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 9,130 3.98 $20.03 $41,650
Offices of Physicians 91,080 3.76 $18.87 $39,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 230 0.02 $24.70 $51,370
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 $23.85 $49,600
Insurance Carriers 1,270 0.11 $23.69 $49,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 220 0.03 $22.65 $47,120
Lessors of Real Estate 70 0.01 $22.32 $46,430


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 72,020 6.60 1.24 $21.02 $43,730
California 61,050 4.15 0.78 $24.91 $51,800
New York 49,050 5.68 1.07 $21.65 $45,030
Florida 43,910 5.89 1.11 $19.86 $41,300
Ohio 39,310 7.67 1.44 $19.50 $40,550




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 21,930 11.63 2.19 $18.18 $37,820
Arkansas 11,760 10.20 1.92 $17.22 $35,810
West Virginia 6,480 9.13 1.72 $16.47 $34,260
Mississippi 9,520 8.79 1.65 $17.26 $35,910
Alabama 14,720 7.98 1.50 $16.91 $35,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 8,640 5.28 0.99 $26.30 $54,690
Alaska 580 1.80 0.34 $25.97 $54,010
Nevada 2,260 1.96 0.37 $25.72 $53,490
Massachusetts 17,050 5.23 0.98 $25.49 $53,020
New Jersey 14,640 3.83 0.72 $25.04 $52,080





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 20,480 3.91 0.73 $24.60 $51,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 20,010 5.03 0.95 $24.62 $51,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,920 4.69 0.88 $22.88 $47,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,990 5.58 1.05 $22.36 $46,510
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,260 3.04 0.57 $22.53 $46,860
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 10,250 5.57 1.05 $23.18 $48,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,860 4.27 0.80 $19.02 $39,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,930 4.98 0.94 $21.08 $43,850
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 8,260 7.17 1.35 $19.97 $41,530
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 7,730 7.65 1.44 $21.01 $43,710