Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses

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2019 Workforce
703k
Average Age
43.3
Estimated Job Growth
9.1%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$42,719
Average Male Salary
$52,965
Average Female Salary
$41,319

About

Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses are most often employed by the Nursing Care Facilities industry. The average yearly wage for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses was $42,719 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses by wage are Automotive service technicians & mechanics, Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance, and Carpenters.

Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, and 37 more.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses are Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans PUMA, NY, Hamilton & Fairfield Cities PUMA, OH, and Lancaster City PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses are Hamilton & Fairfield Cities PUMA, OH, Lancaster City PUMA, CA, and Suwannee, Taylor, Madison, Hamilton & Lafayette Counties PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses and on wages and locations for those in the field. Nursing Care Facilities is the industry that employs the most Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, by average wage, is Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services. Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses are paid most in Northfield & New Trier Townships PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Hamilton & Fairfield Cities PUMA, OH.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$42,719
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,093

In 2019, Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses earned an average of $42,719, $12,805 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Automotive service technicians & mechanics make somewhat more than Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses while Carpenters make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.32
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.32, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, by average wage, are Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services, Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, and Management of companies & enterprises.

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Industries by Share

703k
2019 Workforce
± 20,538
−21.7%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 4.98%

The number of people employed as Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses has been declining at a rate of −21.7%, from 898,149 people in 2018 to 703,042 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses employed by various industries. Nursing Care Facilities employs the largest share of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses at  25.7%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 25% and Home health care services with 9.81%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses in the US. The average age of male Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses in the workforce is 40.9 and of female Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses is 43.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

84.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 7,136
619k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 19,269

88% of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

52.8% of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 26.4% of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses.

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Age by Gender

40.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.16
43.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.427

The median age of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses is 43.3, and Male employees are generally 2.69 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses is Health but a relatively high number of Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses hold a major in Health.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses need many skills, but most especially Service Orientation, Speaking, and Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses need more than the average amount of Science, Service Orientation, and Social Perceptiveness.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses are expected to see a growth of 9.1% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses.
9.1%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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