Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

23-1011 Lawyers

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.


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)
570,950 0.7 % $62.74 $130,490 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.02 $36.24 $54.48 $80.20 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $54,120 $75,370 $113,310 $166,810 (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 372,030 33.34 $65.95 $137,170
Local Government (OES Designation) 49,510 0.90 $44.75 $93,070
State Government (OES Designation) 37,360 1.64 $39.40 $81,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,460 1.67 $62.23 $129,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13,230 0.69 $77.68 $161,570

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 372,030 33.34 $65.95 $137,170
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 160 2.15 $83.83 $174,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,460 1.67 $62.23 $129,430
State Government (OES Designation) 37,360 1.64 $39.40 $81,960
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 350 1.43 $76.75 $159,640

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 350 0.32 $103.73 $215,760
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $90.08 $187,360
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $88.75 $184,610
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 650 0.08 $88.36 $183,790
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.56 $87.65 $182,300


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 67,260 4.79 1.08 $75.27 $156,570
New York 65,640 7.79 1.75 $72.63 $151,080
Florida 42,460 5.94 1.33 $57.59 $119,780
Texas 34,650 3.36 0.76 $63.14 $131,320
District of Columbia 29,010 45.00 10.11 $77.43 $161,050




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 29,010 45.00 10.11 $77.43 $161,050
New York 65,640 7.79 1.75 $72.63 $151,080
Delaware 2,850 7.07 1.59 $72.74 $151,290
Florida 42,460 5.94 1.33 $57.59 $119,780
New Jersey 20,100 5.33 1.20 $62.33 $129,650




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 29,010 45.00 10.11 $77.43 $161,050
California 67,260 4.79 1.08 $75.27 $156,570
Delaware 2,850 7.07 1.59 $72.74 $151,290
New York 65,640 7.79 1.75 $72.63 $151,080
Connecticut 7,430 4.62 1.04 $70.17 $145,960





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 50,360 9.95 2.24 $79.54 $165,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 38,230 16.55 3.72 $75.86 $157,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 23,680 6.61 1.48 $70.57 $146,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 23,210 6.07 1.36 $80.43 $167,300
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 12,610 7.53 1.69 $63.99 $133,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 11,830 5.31 1.19 $68.30 $142,060
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 11,790 6.50 1.46 $73.18 $152,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,960 3.90 0.88 $78.76 $163,810
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 9,860 10.28 2.31 $84.20 $175,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,280 4.54 1.02 $68.66 $142,800