Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
702,400 0.6 % $21.56 $44,840 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.63 $17.81 $21.20 $24.63 $29.05
Annual Wage (2) $32,510 $37,040 $44,090 $51,220 $60,420


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) 211,940 12.91 $22.12 $46,020
Offices of Physicians 93,470 3.71 $20.06 $41,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 93,050 1.72 $20.89 $43,440
Home Health Care Services 85,410 6.30 $22.03 $45,820
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 48,920 5.51 $21.95 $45,650

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) 211,940 12.91 $22.12 $46,020
Home Health Care Services 85,410 6.30 $22.03 $45,820
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 48,920 5.51 $21.95 $45,650
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,750 3.72 $20.91 $43,490
Offices of Physicians 93,470 3.71 $20.06 $41,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 920 0.08 $24.38 $50,710
Business Support Services 40 (7) $23.90 $49,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 290 0.02 $23.57 $49,020
Religious Organizations 390 0.20 $23.48 $48,840
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 30 0.06 $22.83 $47,480


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 70,810 6.03 1.21 $22.17 $46,110
California 68,110 4.27 0.85 $25.32 $52,670
New York 46,990 5.17 1.03 $22.68 $47,170
Florida 44,820 5.45 1.09 $20.65 $42,960
Ohio 39,920 7.48 1.49 $19.87 $41,320




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 20,580 10.71 2.14 $18.31 $38,070
Arkansas 12,100 10.16 2.03 $17.69 $36,800
West Virginia 6,090 8.73 1.75 $17.33 $36,050
Tennessee 23,620 8.16 1.63 $18.23 $37,920
Mississippi 8,990 8.05 1.61 $17.71 $36,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 7,780 4.67 0.93 $26.79 $55,720
Rhode Island 1,060 2.22 0.44 $26.64 $55,410
District of Columbia 1,720 2.45 0.49 $26.54 $55,200
Massachusetts 15,890 4.59 0.92 $26.53 $55,190
Alaska 500 1.54 0.31 $25.85 $53,760





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 25,020 3.80 0.76 $25.89 $53,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 20,870 4.94 0.99 $24.24 $50,420
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,820 4.37 0.87 $24.76 $51,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,940 4.68 0.93 $20.74 $43,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,070 4.56 0.91 $22.76 $47,340
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 9,940 2.73 0.55 $25.43 $52,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 9,050 4.74 0.95 $21.93 $45,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,020 3.22 0.64 $23.95 $49,810
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 7,680 5.64 1.13 $23.51 $48,900
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,470 4.78 0.95 $25.19 $52,400