Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

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. Licensing required.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 1,340318$23.55/hr$19.58/hr$21.04/hr$23.27/hr$26.00/hr$29.20/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial Activities10$35.10/hr
Professional and Business Services400$25.90/hr
Education and Health Services13,790$23.24/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration990$25.24/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$23.92/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 180$22.46/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 330$23.00/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 440$22.20/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 440$19.92/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 730$22.64/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 910$21.73/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 910$22.73/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 990$21.79/hr6.8%
Southwest Balance of State 1,070$21.59/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,140$22.82/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,340$23.27/hr10.2%
Southwest Minnesota 1,460$22.25/hr5.6%
Northwest Balance of State 1,760$21.56/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 2,110$22.76/hr15.6%
Northwest Minnesota 2,390$21.56/hr6.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 7,230$24.78/hr13.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 8,200$24.57/hrN/A
Minnesota 15,210$23.40/hr12.3%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Registered Nurses 71,000$38.16/hr11.1%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 690$25.26/hr19.2%
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,590$27.50/hr18.6%

  • Record food and fluid intake and output.
  • Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
  • Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
  • Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
  • Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
  • Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
  • Collect samples, such as blood, urine, or sputum from patients, and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.