Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons 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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
728,670 0.5 % $19.66 $40,900 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.89 $16.31 $19.14 $22.70 $26.49
Annual Wage (2) $28,890 $33,920 $39,820 $47,220 $55,090


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Nursing Care Facilities 212,990 $20.34 $42,320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 158,390 $19.22 $39,980
Offices of Physicians 89,040 $17.68 $36,770
Home Health Care Services 64,250 $20.33 $42,300
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 39,140 $20.17 $41,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Employment Services 36,540 $22.21 $46,190
Activities Related to Real Estate (8) $21.92 $45,600
Rooming and Boarding Houses 40 $21.89 $45,530
Offices of Dentists 640 $20.78 $43,220
Office Administrative Services 1,870 $20.55 $42,730


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Louisiana 19,950 $17.98 $37,390 10.658
Arkansas 11,590 $16.23 $33,750 10.096
Tennessee 24,950 $17.30 $35,990 9.503
Oklahoma 14,270 $15.76 $32,790 9.355
North Dakota 3,300 $16.74 $34,810 9.318

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Connecticut 8,730 $25.15 $52,300 5.295
New Jersey 15,530 $24.21 $50,350 4.034
Rhode Island 1,510 $24.04 $50,010 3.287
California 62,300 $24.01 $49,940 4.287
New Mexico 4,840 $23.92 $49,760 6.048


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Sherman-Denison, TX 780 $19.93 $41,460 18.976
Lawton, OK 720 $15.30 $31,820 17.592
Victoria, TX 810 $16.51 $34,350 16.981
Abilene, TX 1,010 $17.12 $35,600 15.958
Hot Springs, AR 570 $16.19 $33,680 15.857

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Salinas, CA 650 $28.69 $59,670 4.185
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,270 $27.48 $57,150 2.552
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 4,710 $27.47 $57,140 4.756
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,170 $27.37 $56,920 3.226
Albuquerque, NM 2,820 $26.96 $56,080 7.385


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010