Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
1,062,370 0.5 % $49.74 $103,460 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.41 $24.31 $37.58 $65.22 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $36,210 $50,560 $78,170 $135,660 (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 620,880 55.33 $51.06 $106,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 101,300 1.89 $39.98 $83,160
State Government (OES Designation) 92,730 4.21 $40.61 $84,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 70,320 3.54 $52.25 $108,690
Insurance Carriers 29,860 2.57 $41.92 $87,190

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 620,880 55.33 $51.06 $106,200
State Government (OES Designation) 92,730 4.21 $40.61 $84,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 70,320 3.54 $52.25 $108,690
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,480 2.83 $54.64 $113,640
Insurance Carriers 29,860 2.57 $41.92 $87,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.41 $98.89 $205,690
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 110 2.18 $86.62 $180,170
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 660 0.18 $86.37 $179,640
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 40 0.02 $81.39 $169,280
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,280 0.51 $81.09 $168,670


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 120,200 7.76 1.01 $59.87 $124,520
New York 106,510 11.85 1.54 $61.38 $127,670
Florida 81,430 10.27 1.33 $46.14 $95,970
Texas 81,210 7.02 0.91 $49.20 $102,330
Illinois 46,920 8.02 1.04 $49.28 $102,510



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 38,140 56.41 7.32 $74.83 $155,650
Delaware 5,190 11.95 1.55 $54.43 $113,220
New York 106,510 11.85 1.54 $61.38 $127,670
Florida 81,430 10.27 1.33 $46.14 $95,970
Virginia 36,050 9.79 1.27 $49.75 $103,480



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 38,140 56.41 7.32 $74.83 $155,650
New York 106,510 11.85 1.54 $61.38 $127,670
California 120,200 7.76 1.01 $59.87 $124,520
Massachusetts 27,920 8.22 1.07 $57.13 $118,830
New Jersey 31,220 7.99 1.04 $56.24 $116,980




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 81,540 12.59 1.63 $67.17 $139,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 62,200 25.73 3.34 $66.60 $138,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 37,390 9.11 1.18 $63.61 $132,310
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 35,410 9.92 1.29 $50.35 $104,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 23,630 8.06 1.05 $56.26 $117,020
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 21,360 12.12 1.57 $61.41 $127,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 20,540 8.28 1.07 $51.05 $106,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 19,370 8.31 1.08 $54.55 $113,460
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 15,760 14.42 1.87 $51.17 $106,440
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 15,660 11.39 1.48 $51.33 $106,770