Friday, November 13, 2020

LPN Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas

Licensed practical nurses (LPN), or licensed vocational nurses (LVN) as they are known in some states, work in many healthcare settings, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, physician offices, and home health care agencies.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that, as of May 2019, nearly 698,000 LPNs and LVNs were working in the the United States, earning a national mean wage of $48,500 per year. That compared to a $53,490 annual mean wage being earned at the same time by workers in all occupations in the U.S.  From region-to-region there was wide variation in the annual mean wages earned by LPNs and LVNs, with practitioners in some regions of the country earning 50% or more than their counterparts elsewhere.  From BLS data of May 2019, LPN pay in the top 20 metropolitan areas looked as follows:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 37,110 $56,610
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 26,250 $58,710
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 13,020 $57,690
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 16,280 $51,130
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 14,120 $48,340
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 10,540 $54,940
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 11,080 $47,810
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 15,870 $56,770
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 9,980 $44,870
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 5,430 $55,790
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 10,410 $62,620
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 6,870 $69,490
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 7,560 $58,520
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 5,900 $53,700
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 4,210 $60,360
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 8,200 $50,890
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 6,190 $62,310
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 7,940 $45,790
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 2,500 $55,490
20 St. Louis 5,930 $47,270
National 697,510 $48,500

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on October 31, 2020