Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
695,610 0.6 % $20.87 $43,420 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.21 $17.20 $20.43 $23.78 $28.22
Annual Wage (2) $31,640 $35,780 $42,490 $49,450 $58,710


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) 212,760 12.84 $21.39 $44,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 101,580 1.94 $20.35 $42,330
Offices of Physicians 91,870 3.74 $19.20 $39,930
Home Health Care Services 78,810 6.28 $21.81 $45,370
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 46,400 5.53 $21.30 $44,310

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) 212,760 12.84 $21.39 $44,500
Home Health Care Services 78,810 6.28 $21.81 $45,370
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 46,400 5.53 $21.30 $44,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,850 3.89 $20.18 $41,970
Offices of Physicians 91,870 3.74 $19.20 $39,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 $24.55 $51,050
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 260 0.03 $24.48 $50,910
Insurance Carriers 1,190 0.10 $24.23 $50,390
Employment Services 29,900 0.87 $22.22 $46,220
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $21.98 $45,720


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 71,660 6.38 1.24 $21.58 $44,880
California 60,770 4.02 0.78 $24.86 $51,700
New York 47,550 5.40 1.05 $21.95 $45,660
Florida 43,890 5.73 1.11 $19.97 $41,540
Ohio 38,640 7.43 1.44 $19.61 $40,790



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 21,450 11.19 2.17 $18.18 $37,810
Arkansas 11,580 9.99 1.94 $17.33 $36,040
West Virginia 6,710 9.48 1.84 $16.84 $35,020
Mississippi 9,170 8.38 1.63 $17.50 $36,400
Tennessee 21,470 7.81 1.52 $17.51 $36,420



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 8,750 5.32 1.03 $26.53 $55,170
Alaska 580 1.78 0.35 $26.14 $54,380
Massachusetts 16,100 4.85 0.94 $25.88 $53,820
New Jersey 15,650 4.05 0.79 $25.46 $52,950
Nevada 2,300 1.93 0.38 $25.36 $52,760




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 20,780 5.12 1.00 $24.02 $49,950
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 20,440 3.79 0.74 $25.00 $52,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,680 4.81 0.93 $23.39 $48,650
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,320 5.05 0.98 $23.73 $49,370
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,810 2.88 0.56 $23.40 $48,680
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 10,670 5.73 1.11 $23.83 $49,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,940 4.16 0.81 $19.12 $39,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,930 4.89 0.95 $21.36 $44,430
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 7,910 6.69 1.30 $20.11 $41,820
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 7,530 7.43 1.44 $21.20 $44,090