Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

43-6012 Legal Secretaries

Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
228,700 1.3 % $20.80 $43,270 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.66 $15.52 $19.95 $25.34 $30.95
Annual Wage (2) $26,340 $32,280 $41,500 $52,710 $64,380


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 198,820 17.78 $20.86 $43,390
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,660 0.21 $18.94 $39,400
State Government (OES Designation) 8,050 0.35 $19.51 $40,590
Insurance Carriers 2,170 0.18 $22.74 $47,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,930 0.10 $26.14 $54,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 198,820 17.78 $20.86 $43,390
Other Investment Pools and Funds 170 0.46 $19.86 $41,300
State Government (OES Designation) 8,050 0.35 $19.51 $40,590
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 60 0.24 $25.34 $52,700
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,660 0.21 $18.94 $39,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.04 $31.82 $66,180
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 40 0.01 $26.87 $55,880
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 40 0.01 $26.26 $54,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,930 0.10 $26.14 $54,370
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 280 0.06 $25.38 $52,790


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 29,230 2.09 1.16 $24.01 $49,940
New York 21,890 2.62 1.46 $23.33 $48,530
Florida 14,410 2.03 1.13 $19.30 $40,140
Texas 13,560 1.34 0.75 $20.72 $43,090
Illinois 13,040 2.36 1.31 $21.04 $43,760




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 5,660 8.86 4.92 $29.21 $60,750
New Jersey 11,180 2.97 1.65 $21.85 $45,460
Delaware 1,130 2.83 1.57 $24.17 $50,280
Rhode Island 1,250 2.80 1.55 $19.79 $41,160
New York 21,890 2.62 1.46 $23.33 $48,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 5,660 8.86 4.92 $29.21 $60,750
Delaware 1,130 2.83 1.57 $24.17 $50,280
California 29,230 2.09 1.16 $24.01 $49,940
Colorado 3,070 1.42 0.79 $23.98 $49,870
Connecticut 1,960 1.23 0.68 $23.73 $49,350

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,330 3.08 1.71 $24.70 $51,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,370 2.72 1.51 $24.19 $50,310
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 9,810 2.77 1.54 $22.04 $45,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,530 3.29 1.83 $27.33 $56,850
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,030 3.34 1.86 $22.79 $47,410
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,240 4.45 2.47 $22.93 $47,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,240 2.56 1.42 $25.03 $52,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,890 1.94 1.08 $23.62 $49,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,720 1.69 0.94 $23.04 $47,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,530 2.11 1.17 $22.73 $47,270




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Topeka, KS 550 5.15 2.86 $12.52 $26,030
Monroe, LA 340 4.54 2.53 $14.75 $30,680
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,240 4.45 2.47 $22.93 $47,700
Bismarck, ND 280 4.45 2.47 $15.79 $32,850
Charleston, WV 560 3.93 2.18 $19.33 $40,210
Yuba City, CA 130 3.62 2.01 $19.46 $40,480
Wheeling, WV-OH 220 3.51 1.95 $16.34 $34,000
Rapid City, SD 200 3.44 1.91 $11.32 $23,540
Albany, GA 200 3.41 1.90 $14.56 $30,280
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,030 3.34 1.86 $22.79 $47,410





Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,340 1.57 0.87 $31.96 $66,470
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,150 3.32 1.85 $31.46 $65,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,530 3.29 1.83 $27.33 $56,850
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 670 1.23 0.68 $26.58 $55,290
Denver-Aurora, CO 2,100 1.78 0.99 $25.49 $53,010
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,240 2.56 1.42 $25.03 $52,060
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 90 1.05 0.59 $24.79 $51,570
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,050 3.32 1.84 $24.75 $51,480
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,330 3.08 1.71 $24.70 $51,370
Reno-Sparks, NV 450 2.36 1.31 $24.30 $50,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 480 2.94 1.63 $12.79 $26,600
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 420 1.11 0.61 $13.53 $28,150
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 420 3.60 2.00 $13.10 $27,260
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 410 2.86 1.59 $13.75 $28,590
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 390 2.61 1.45 $15.36 $31,950

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 420 3.60 2.00 $13.10 $27,260
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 480 2.94 1.63 $12.79 $26,600
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 410 2.86 1.59 $13.75 $28,590
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 390 2.61 1.45 $15.36 $31,950
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.59 1.44 $13.78 $28,650

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 1.67 0.93 $23.38 $48,630
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.92 $45,590
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.41 $44,530
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 220 2.31 1.28 $20.94 $43,560
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 1.79 0.99 $20.62 $42,890


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011