Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nursing Related Employment in the U.S.

Recently released reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that there were more than 3.9 million nursing related positions in the U.S, excluding support occupations such as nursing assistants and aides, as of May 2020.  Employment in healthcare practitioner and technical occupations, a BLS occupational grouping that excludes many healthcare support occupations, totaled about 8.6 million at that time.  So, as of May 2020, nursing related employment represented more than 45% of total U.S. employment for all healthcare practitioner and technical occupations.  BLS data reveals the following about nursing related employment in the U.S. (ranked by number employed) as of May 2020:

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Registered Nurses 2,986,500 $80,010
2 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses 676,440 $50,090
3 Nurse Practitioners 211,280 $114,510
4 Nurse Anesthetists 41,960 $189,190
5 Nurse Midwives 7,120 $115,540
All Nursing Related Occupations 3,923,300 N/A
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

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