Wednesday, April 28, 2021

LPN Employment in the Great Plains Region

Recently released May 2020 employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were over 676,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) employed in the U.S.  Also known as license vocational nurses (LVNs) in some parts of the country, LPNs comprise one of the largest healthcare occupations in the country. Approximately 52,000 of those LPN jobs were in the seven-state Great Plains region of the country. BLS data tells us that the Great Plains region is a weak one for licensed practical nurse pay, with annual mean wage levels in all states in the region falling below the national average for all LPNs.  Two states in the region, Missouri and South Dakota, were in the bottom quintile nationally for LPN annual mean wages.  BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about LPN employment in the Great Plains region of the U.S.:

LPN Employment in the Great Plains Region
LPN Employment in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 6,140 $45,860 37th
KS 6,860 $45,050 39th
MN 14,210 $49,840 23rd
MO 14,770 $44,490 41st
NE 5,530 $45,710 38th
ND 2,520 $48,060 29th
SD 2,020 $39,420 50th
U.S. 676,440 $50,090 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 26, 2021

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