Saturday, January 30, 2021

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for LPN Pay

As we examined in LPN Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas, the biggest U.S. metropolitan areas are normally the home to the largest number of licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs. However, a deeper dive into data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that better average pay is often times found in smaller metro areas. May 2019 (BLS) data indicates that only four of the largest metro areas in the country were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for LPN pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 6,870 $69,490
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,690 $68,160
3 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 680 $67,990
4 Anchorage, AK 220 $65,420
5 Santa Rosa, CA 680 $65,260
6 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 230 $63,960
7 Napa, CA 210 $62,960
8 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 10,410 $62,620
9 San Diego-Carlsbad (#) 6,190 $62,310
10 Reno, NV 420 $61,550
11 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 660 $60,940
12 Madera, CA 220 $60,460
13 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 4,210 $60,360
14 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 3,610 $60,290
15 Yuba City, CA 210 $60,200
16 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,960 $59,920
17 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA N/A $59,660
18 Hanford-Corcoran, CA 340 $59,420
19 Salinas, CA 600 $59,190
20 Redding, CA 450 $58,950
National 697,510 $48,500

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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