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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
701,690 0.7 % $22.62 $47,050 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.19 $18.98 $22.23 $26.02 $29.88
Annual Wage (2) $33,680 $39,470 $46,240 $54,110 $62,160


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) 210,850 13.09 $23.24 $48,330
Offices of Physicians 90,830 3.51 $20.79 $43,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 89,760 1.62 $21.73 $45,190
Home Health Care Services 89,530 6.18 $23.02 $47,880
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 51,370 5.52 $23.01 $47,850

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) 210,850 13.09 $23.24 $48,330
Home Health Care Services 89,530 6.18 $23.02 $47,880
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 51,370 5.52 $23.01 $47,850
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,660 3.59 $22.25 $46,270
Offices of Physicians 90,830 3.51 $20.79 $43,240

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 $29.83 $62,050
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 250 0.02 $26.53 $55,180
Insurance Carriers 990 0.09 $26.34 $54,780
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $25.73 $53,510
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 140 0.08 $24.99 $51,970


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 72,030 5.95 1.23 $22.59 $46,990
California 64,000 3.76 0.78 $27.02 $56,200
Florida 47,540 5.52 1.14 $21.34 $44,400
New York 46,500 4.95 1.02 $23.45 $48,770
Ohio 40,590 7.49 1.55 $20.88 $43,430




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 19,450 10.16 2.10 $18.98 $39,480
Arkansas 12,060 9.96 2.06 $19.02 $39,570
Mississippi 9,520 8.47 1.75 $18.24 $37,930
West Virginia 5,860 8.42 1.74 $17.68 $36,770
Tennessee 24,410 8.25 1.70 $19.29 $40,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 1,080 2.24 0.46 $28.43 $59,130
Massachusetts 16,220 4.54 0.94 $28.36 $58,990
Alaska 530 1.69 0.35 $28.00 $58,250
Nevada 2,790 2.07 0.43 $27.47 $57,140
Connecticut 8,510 5.13 1.06 $27.39 $56,970





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 37,070 3.90 0.80 $26.75 $55,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 24,220 3.96 0.82 $25.96 $54,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 16,760 4.70 0.97 $24.41 $50,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 16,530 5.80 1.20 $26.61 $55,360
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 14,240 4.78 0.99 $23.42 $48,720
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 12,970 2.79 0.58 $26.51 $55,140
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 11,610 4.48 0.92 $22.51 $46,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,480 4.28 0.88 $21.21 $44,110
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 10,720 3.89 0.80 $29.40 $61,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 10,270 3.27 0.68 $26.09 $54,260