Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
216,730 1.4 % $21.34 $44,380 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.62 $15.74 $20.27 $26.27 $32.59
Annual Wage (2) $26,250 $32,730 $42,170 $54,650 $67,790


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 187,070 16.74 $21.44 $44,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,540 0.21 $19.36 $40,270
State Government (OES Designation) 8,330 0.38 $19.82 $41,220
Insurance Carriers 2,280 0.20 $23.38 $48,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,660 0.08 $24.31 $50,560

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 187,070 16.74 $21.44 $44,590
Other Investment Pools and Funds 290 0.73 $21.47 $44,660
State Government (OES Designation) 8,330 0.38 $19.82 $41,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,540 0.21 $19.36 $40,270
Insurance Carriers 2,280 0.20 $23.38 $48,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $32.93 $68,500
Other Telecommunications 30 0.03 $30.19 $62,790
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 80 0.02 $28.52 $59,320
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 300 0.05 $27.04 $56,250
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 30 0.01 $26.86 $55,880


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 29,580 2.07 1.24 $24.42 $50,790
New York 17,590 2.06 1.24 $26.30 $54,710
Florida 15,960 2.19 1.32 $18.41 $38,300
Texas 13,700 1.30 0.78 $20.67 $42,980
Pennsylvania 10,700 1.91 1.15 $21.27 $44,240




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 4,170 6.37 3.83 $32.96 $68,550
Delaware 1,180 2.91 1.75 $23.96 $49,830
New Jersey 10,510 2.77 1.67 $22.52 $46,840
Alabama 4,310 2.36 1.42 $16.20 $33,700
Kentucky 4,070 2.31 1.39 $15.29 $31,810




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 4,170 6.37 3.83 $32.96 $68,550
New York 17,590 2.06 1.24 $26.30 $54,710
California 29,580 2.07 1.24 $24.42 $50,790
Delaware 1,180 2.91 1.75 $23.96 $49,830
Massachusetts 5,470 1.71 1.03 $23.94 $49,800





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 12,620 2.45 1.47 $28.09 $58,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,500 2.46 1.48 $25.29 $52,600
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,810 2.15 1.29 $22.20 $46,170
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,890 3.23 1.94 $23.13 $48,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,840 2.49 1.50 $30.77 $64,000
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,500 4.73 2.84 $22.84 $47,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,980 1.90 1.14 $20.30 $42,210
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,810 2.22 1.34 $26.09 $54,270
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,610 1.37 0.82 $25.39 $52,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,560 1.58 0.95 $24.08 $50,080