Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide basic nursing care. LPNs Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Licensed practical nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. Most work full time.

Licensed practical nurses must complete a state-approved educational program, which typically takes about one year to complete. They must be licensed.

Pay & Position Type

  • Entry-Level
  • The median annual wage for licensed practical nurses was $48,070 in May 2021.
  • The median hourly wage in the District of Columbia is $27.15.

Job Outlook

Employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 60,700 openings for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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