Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
702,700 0.7 % $21.98 $45,710 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.85 $18.27 $21.65 $25.11 $29.34
Annual Wage (2) $32,970 $38,010 $45,030 $52,220 $61,030


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) 208,740 12.87 $22.61 $47,030
Offices of Physicians 94,610 3.71 $20.42 $42,470
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 91,770 1.67 $21.23 $44,150
Home Health Care Services 88,480 6.34 $22.27 $46,320
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 50,960 5.58 $22.46 $46,710

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) 208,740 12.87 $22.61 $47,030
Home Health Care Services 88,480 6.34 $22.27 $46,320
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 50,960 5.58 $22.46 $46,710
Offices of Physicians 94,610 3.71 $20.42 $42,470
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,780 3.67 $21.57 $44,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 910 0.08 $25.56 $53,160
Religious Organizations 500 0.26 $24.42 $50,800
Junior Colleges 30 (7) $24.38 $50,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 320 0.02 $24.36 $50,660
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 250 0.02 $24.28 $50,500


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 72,010 6.06 1.23 $22.10 $45,980
California 66,350 3.97 0.81 $25.77 $53,600
Florida 47,550 5.65 1.15 $20.90 $43,480
New York 45,950 4.99 1.01 $22.92 $47,670
Ohio 40,660 7.57 1.54 $20.35 $42,340




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 20,340 10.69 2.17 $18.52 $38,530
Arkansas 12,350 10.29 2.09 $18.35 $38,180
West Virginia 5,900 8.56 1.74 $17.40 $36,190
Tennessee 24,000 8.23 1.67 $18.71 $38,910
Mississippi 8,970 8.01 1.62 $17.92 $37,280




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 1,040 2.19 0.45 $27.79 $57,800
Massachusetts 16,680 4.73 0.96 $27.79 $57,800
Connecticut 7,750 4.68 0.95 $27.51 $57,210
Alaska 520 1.63 0.33 $27.20 $56,580
Nevada 2,630 2.01 0.41 $26.60 $55,340



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 25,890 3.87 0.78 $25.93 $53,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 19,280 4.35 0.88 $24.91 $51,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,810 4.72 0.96 $23.53 $48,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,440 4.75 0.96 $20.61 $42,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,890 4.77 0.97 $23.08 $48,000
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 9,340 2.55 0.52 $26.18 $54,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 9,160 4.74 0.96 $22.77 $47,370
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 8,790 6.87 1.39 $20.87 $43,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,610 3.42 0.69 $23.78 $49,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 7,210 5.02 1.02 $23.26 $48,390


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sherman-Denison, TX 740 16.33 3.31 $19.73 $41,040
Wichita Falls, TX 900 15.98 3.24 $20.66 $42,980
Victoria, TX 630 15.68 3.18 $18.85 $39,210
Johnson City, TN 1,160 15.11 3.06 $17.23 $35,830
Monroe, LA 1,120 14.48 2.94 $18.05 $37,540
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 2,500 14.32 2.90 $18.60 $38,680
Alexandria, LA