|Quick Facts: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses|
$48,070 per year
$23.11 per hour
|Postsecondary nondegree award|
|6% (As fast as average)|
What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic medical care.
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses work in a variety of settings, including nursing and residential care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. Most work full time.
How to Become a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must complete a state-approved educational program, which typically takes about 1 year. They must be licensed.
The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $48,070 in May 2021.
Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 58,800 openings for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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