Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
697,250 0.6 % $21.17 $44,030 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.40 $17.45 $20.76 $24.12 $28.61
Annual Wage (2) $32,040 $36,300 $43,170 $50,160 $59,510


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) 212,980 12.88 $21.66 $45,060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 95,580 1.81 $20.64 $42,940
Offices of Physicians 94,600 3.77 $19.69 $40,950
Home Health Care Services 82,860 6.38 $21.86 $45,460
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 47,470 5.50 $21.67 $45,070

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) 212,980 12.88 $21.66 $45,060
Home Health Care Services 82,860 6.38 $21.86 $45,460
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 47,470 5.50 $21.67 $45,070
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,980 3.89 $20.47 $42,570
Offices of Physicians 94,600 3.77 $19.69 $40,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 1,040 0.09 $24.15 $50,230
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 360 0.03 $23.18 $48,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 290 0.02 $22.83 $47,480
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 360 0.14 $22.44 $46,670
Religious Organizations 430 0.23 $22.41 $46,610


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 69,220 5.98 1.18 $21.70 $45,130
California 65,250 4.21 0.83 $24.94 $51,870
New York 47,380 5.27 1.04 $22.36 $46,500
Florida 43,540 5.49 1.09 $20.35 $42,320
Ohio 40,160 7.61 1.50 $19.74 $41,060



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 21,750 11.22 2.22 $18.25 $37,960
Arkansas 11,650 9.90 1.96 $17.49 $36,370
West Virginia 6,570 9.30 1.84 $17.16 $35,680
Tennessee 22,490 7.99 1.58 $17.92 $37,270
Mississippi 8,830 7.98 1.58 $17.66 $36,730



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 8,630 5.20 1.03 $26.74 $55,630
Rhode Island 1,030 2.19 0.43 $26.55 $55,230
Alaska 520 1.58 0.31 $26.16 $54,400
Massachusetts 16,190 4.77 0.94 $26.04 $54,160
New Jersey 15,310 3.92 0.77 $25.62 $53,300




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 24,530 3.79 0.75 $25.33 $52,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 21,170 5.16 1.02 $23.86 $49,630
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,060 4.46 0.88 $23.96 $49,830
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,570 4.53 0.90 $22.70 $47,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 10,450 4.22 0.83 $19.58 $40,730
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 9,810 2.75 0.54 $24.67 $51,310
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 9,070 4.82 0.95 $21.42 $44,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,730 3.20 0.63 $23.74 $49,380
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 7,600 7.45 1.47 $21.04 $43,760
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 7,450 6.13 1.21 $21.15 $44,000