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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in California

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17.0% Jobs Projection
$55,770 Median Salary
6,450 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in California is growing faster than average.

  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Work in California?

In 2018, there were 64,000 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses working in the state.

There were 66,350 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 2,350 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

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The typical state has 8,510 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses working in it, which means California has more Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses than average.

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Job Projections for California

Jobs for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 17.0% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 12.3%.

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California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 6,450 annual job openings, and 81,200 total jobs in 2026 for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 62,700 annual jobs and 813,400 total jobs in 2026.

What do Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses ranged from $41,000 to $75,050 with $55,770 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.71 to $36.08. The median hourly rate was $26.81.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $25.77 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.04.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

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Top California Metros for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 24,220 $52,840
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 7,210 $52,360
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,670 $63,940
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 5,310 $56,770
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 3,690 $57,430
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,720 $62,200
Fresno, CA 1,430 $49,880
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 1,260 $52,380
Stockton-Lodi, CA 1,260 $56,240
Bakersfield, CA 1,090 $56,840
Modesto, CA 990 $54,820
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 870 $55,550
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 750 $61,600
Santa Rosa, CA 740 $64,160
Salinas, CA 610 $60,500
Visalia-Porterville, CA 580 $46,090
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 520 $58,690
Redding, CA 450 $54,140
Chico, CA 390 $55,870
El Centro, CA 330 $47,340
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 320 $64,540
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 280 $58,450
Yuba City, CA 270 $56,300
Napa, CA 210 $60,460
Madera, CA 200 $61,440
Merced, CA 100 $49,480

Top States for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Employment

View the list below to see where most Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 72,030 $46,420
California 64,000 $55,770
Florida 47,540 $44,210
New York 46,500 $48,620
Ohio 40,590 $43,270
Pennsylvania 38,370 $47,580
Tennessee 24,410 $39,530
Georgia 24,290 $41,890
Virginia 21,060 $43,380
Illinois 20,340 $50,420
Louisiana 19,450 $38,810
North Carolina 18,200 $44,830
New Jersey 17,490 $56,750
Minnesota 16,550 $46,890
Massachusetts 16,220 $57,450
Indiana 15,480 $44,640
Missouri 15,210 $42,540
Michigan 14,840 $48,500
Alabama 12,190 $38,010
Arkansas 12,060 $39,130

Below are the states where Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Rhode Island $58,960
Alaska $58,180
Massachusetts $57,450
Connecticut $57,060
New Jersey $56,750
Nevada $56,360
California $55,770
Washington $55,650
Maryland $54,020
Arizona $53,980

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