Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

23-0000 Legal Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Lawyers ; Judicial Law Clerks ; Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers ; Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators ; Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates ; Paralegals and Legal Assistants* ; Court Reporters ; Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers ; Legal Support Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,002,330 0.5 % $47.30 $98,380 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.65 $22.94 $36.28 $62.55 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $34,630 $47,720 $75,470 $130,100 (5)


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 595,130 53.34 $49.76 $103,510
Local Government (OES Designation) 98,630 1.78 $37.41 $77,820
State Government (OES Designation) 86,990 3.83 $38.09 $79,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 69,070 3.35 $49.46 $102,870
Insurance Carriers 30,200 2.60 $36.23 $75,350

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 595,130 53.34 $49.76 $103,510
State Government (OES Designation) 86,990 3.83 $38.09 $79,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 69,070 3.35 $49.46 $102,870
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 640 2.62 $54.26 $112,860
Insurance Carriers 30,200 2.60 $36.23 $75,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 400 0.36 $96.08 $199,850
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 70 0.35 $85.46 $177,750
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.03 $84.16 $175,060
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 170 0.61 $84.11 $174,950
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 770 0.09 $77.92 $162,080


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 113,160 8.06 1.03 $57.86 $120,350
New York 101,520 12.05 1.54 $58.00 $120,630
Florida 76,080 10.64 1.36 $43.34 $90,140
Texas 66,930 6.50 0.83 $44.88 $93,360
Illinois 44,570 8.00 1.02 $52.92 $110,070




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 38,730 60.06 7.69 $66.43 $138,160
New York 101,520 12.05 1.54 $58.00 $120,630
Delaware 4,780 11.85 1.52 $54.22 $112,790
Florida 76,080 10.64 1.36 $43.34 $90,140
Virginia 35,120 9.88 1.26 $47.34 $98,480




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 38,730 60.06 7.69 $66.43 $138,160
New York 101,520 12.05 1.54 $58.00 $120,630
California 113,160 8.06 1.03 $57.86 $120,350
Delaware 4,780 11.85 1.52 $54.22 $112,790
Illinois 44,570 8.00 1.02 $52.92 $110,070





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 73,690 14.56 1.86 $63.93 $132,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 62,370 26.99 3.45 $61.09 $127,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 37,750 9.88 1.26 $61.85 $128,650
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 36,210 10.11 1.29 $56.31 $117,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 20,960 9.41 1.20 $49.46 $102,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 18,840 10.38 1.33 $55.81 $116,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 18,430 11.00 1.41 $51.64 $107,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 18,180 7.13 0.91 $55.79 $116,040
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 16,810 8.22 1.05 $50.03 $104,070
Baltimore-Towson, MD 15,170 12.13 1.55 $39.37 $81,890