Pennsylvania Occupational Licensing

Licenses

50

of 102 lower-income occupations

x

Burden Rank

50th

for average burdens 1st is worst

=

Combined Rank

31st

for number of licenses x average burdens 1st is worst

How Pennsylvania Compares in 2022

Percent Licensed of 102 Occupations

MIN
25%
MAX
75%

Average Days Lost to education and experience

113
972

Average Fees

$92
$727
Average across all states
Pennsylvania

Changes Since 2017

  • No licenses created; 1 removed for mobile home installers
  • Only fees changed and they usually increased
  • Burden rank remained the second least burdensome and combined rank stayed the same despite an eliminated license because that license had relatively light burdens and other states reduced burdens more

2022 Licensing Burdens in Detail

N New License
Increase
Decrease

Note: Direct entry midwives are not permitted to practice without a higher-level license.

Data Notes: 2022 data collected between February 3, 2020, and March 18, 2022. Fees include charges for application review and license issuance; exams; background checks, credit reports and fingerprinting; recovery fund contributions; third-party certification; and certain fees for training courses. Calendar days lost were estimated based on required education and experience; except for amounts smaller than one day, days lost are rounded to whole days and thus may not reflect very small changes between 2017 and 2022. Appendix A details methods for estimating days lost and calculating burden ranks. Complete data, including revised 2017 data, are available at https://ij.org/report/license-to-work-3/ltw3-data/.

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