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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
697,510 0.7 % $23.32 $48,500 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.61 $19.62 $22.83 $26.94 $30.46
Annual Wage (2) $34,560 $40,810 $47,480 $56,040 $63,360


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) 209,440 13.06 $23.93 $49,780
Offices of Physicians 90,350 3.41 $21.31 $44,320
Home Health Care Services 88,630 5.91 $23.99 $49,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 86,700 1.55 $22.17 $46,120
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 53,290 5.63 $23.83 $49,570

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) 209,440 13.06 $23.93 $49,780
Home Health Care Services 88,630 5.91 $23.99 $49,900
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 53,290 5.63 $23.83 $49,570
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,730 3.53 $22.96 $47,750
Offices of Physicians 90,350 3.41 $21.31 $44,320

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 $30.47 $63,380
Insurance Carriers 930 0.08 $26.89 $55,930
Religious Organizations 600 0.30 $25.87 $53,820
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 7,150 2.70 $25.82 $53,700
Outpatient Care Centers 30,600 3.21 $25.54 $53,130


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 70,290 5.65 1.19 $22.77 $47,370
California 67,590 3.89 0.82 $28.96 $60,240
New York 46,320 4.86 1.02 $23.97 $49,860
Florida 45,960 5.23 1.10 $21.91 $45,580
Ohio 41,150 7.55 1.59 $21.64 $45,020




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 19,270 10.03 2.11 $19.37 $40,300
Arkansas 11,810 9.70 2.04 $19.59 $40,760
West Virginia 6,020 8.57 1.81 $18.03 $37,500
Mississippi 9,600 8.51 1.79 $18.76 $39,020
Tennessee 25,360 8.43 1.78 $19.84 $41,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 390 1.24 0.26 $30.70 $63,850
Massachusetts 15,910 4.40 0.93 $29.01 $60,340
California 67,590 3.89 0.82 $28.96 $60,240
Rhode Island 980 2.02 0.42 $28.78 $59,860
Nevada 2,920 2.10 0.44 $28.11 $58,470





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 37,110 3.84 0.81 $27.22 $56,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 26,250 4.21 0.89 $28.23 $58,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 16,280 4.45 0.94 $24.58 $51,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 15,870 5.52 1.16 $27.29 $56,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 14,120 4.63 0.97 $23.24 $48,340
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 13,020 2.78 0.59 $27.74 $57,690
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 11,080 4.19 0.88 $22.99 $47,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 10,540 3.32 0.70 $26.41 $54,940
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 10,410 3.72 0.78 $30.10 $62,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 9,980 3.64 0.77 $21.57 $44,870