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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Industry profile for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Geographic profile for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

National estimates for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
641,240 0.7 % $ 24.93 $ 51,850 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.86 $ 22.31 $ 23.11 $ 28.73 $ 30.67
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,150 $ 46,410 $ 48,070 $ 59,770 $ 63,790


Industry profile for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 177,960 12.64 $ 25.80 $ 53,670
Home Health Care Services 89,280 5.89 $ 25.32 $ 52,670
Offices of Physicians 80,510 2.99 $ 22.57 $ 46,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 78,090 1.40 $ 23.10 $ 48,050
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 45,200 5.07 $ 25.22 $ 52,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 177,960 12.64 $ 25.80 $ 53,670
Home Health Care Services 89,280 5.89 $ 25.32 $ 52,670
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 45,200 5.07 $ 25.22 $ 52,460
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 9,010 3.76 $ 25.21 $ 52,440
Outpatient Care Centers 33,090 3.35 $ 27.97 $ 58,170

Top paying industries for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 150 0.02 $ 31.18 $ 64,840
Office Administrative Services 1,370 0.28 $ 30.93 $ 64,330
Insurance Carriers 620 0.05 $ 28.73 $ 59,770
Health and Personal Care Stores 100 0.01 $ 28.65 $ 59,590
Junior Colleges 90 0.01 $ 28.56 $ 59,400


Geographic profile for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 72,180 4.37 0.96 $ 31.32 $ 65,140
Texas 64,680 5.29 1.16 $ 24.15 $ 50,220
New York 40,470 4.67 1.03 $ 25.84 $ 53,750
Florida 37,740 4.39 0.96 $ 23.01 $ 47,860
Pennsylvania 36,810 6.59 1.45 $ 24.56 $ 51,090


Map of location quotient of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 18,120 10.11 2.22 $ 21.11 $ 43,900
West Virginia 6,190 9.41 2.07 $ 19.86 $ 41,310
Arkansas 10,480 8.80 1.93 $ 20.69 $ 43,040
Mississippi 8,730 7.92 1.74 $ 19.97 $ 41,530
Oklahoma 12,150 7.80 1.71 $ 21.59 $ 44,910


Map of annual mean wages of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 72,180 4.37 0.96 $ 31.32 $ 65,140
Alaska 480 1.61 0.35 $ 30.60 $ 63,650
Washington 7,110 2.22 0.49 $ 30.41 $ 63,250
Massachusetts 15,500 4.57 1.00 $ 29.72 $ 61,820
Nevada 3,610 2.80 0.61 $ 29.08 $ 60,490



Map of employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

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 33,720 3.89 0.85 $ 28.47 $ 59,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 29,750 5.20 1.14 $ 30.77 $ 63,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 15,970 6.02 1.32 $ 26.75 $ 55,640
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,790 4.12 0.91 $ 25.69 $ 53,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,200 4.21 0.92 $ 25.46 $ 52,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,740 2.54 0.56 $ 27.64 $ 57,480
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 10,370 4.01 0.88 $ 30.04 $ 62,470
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 9,490 3.67 0.81 $ 24.81 $ 51,610
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 9,110 3.72 0.82 $ 23.68 $ 49,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 8,130 2.77 0.61 $ 27.15 $ 56,480


Map of location quotient of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Johnson City, TN 1,150 14.77 3.24 $ 19.28 $ 40,100
Alexandria, LA 840 14.47 3.18 $ 20.63 $ 42,910
Wichita Falls, TX 750 13.84 3.04 $ 21.57 $ 44,860
Hammond, LA 610 13.78 3.03 $ 21.03 $ 43,730
Monroe, LA 1,000 13.69 3.01 $ 20.27 $ 42,160
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 2,070 12.75 2.80 $ 21.13 $ 43,940
Beckley, WV 500 12.73 2.80 $ 18.71 $ 38,920
Hot Springs, AR 440 12.14 2.67 $ 20.37 $ 42,360
Jonesboro, AR 680 12.08 2.65 $ 19.42 $ 40,400
Lima, OH 580 11.84 2.60 $ 22.18 $ 46,140