Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Excludes "Legal Secretaries" (43-6012).


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)
272,580 1.3 % $24.92 $51,840 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.56 $18.06 $23.24 $29.81 $37.42
Annual Wage (2) $30,280 $37,550 $48,350 $62,000 $77,830


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 203,520 18.05 $23.89 $49,680
Local Government (OES Designation) 15,950 0.30 $25.77 $53,590
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,970 0.66 $32.35 $67,290
State Government (OES Designation) 9,600 0.44 $22.27 $46,310
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6,760 0.31 $30.74 $63,930

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 203,520 18.05 $23.89 $49,680
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 190 0.82 $25.91 $53,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,970 0.66 $32.35 $67,290
State Government (OES Designation) 9,600 0.44 $22.27 $46,310
Insurance Carriers 3,720 0.32 $28.57 $59,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 100 0.03 $39.81 $82,810
Software Publishers 270 0.09 $37.03 $77,030
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 280 0.05 $35.00 $72,810
Other Information Services (8) (8) $34.90 $72,580
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 90 0.03 $34.87 $72,530


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 30,060 1.99 0.99 $29.30 $60,940
Florida 23,000 3.00 1.49 $23.41 $48,690
New York 22,660 2.57 1.28 $27.02 $56,200
Texas 21,370 1.90 0.94 $24.93 $51,850
Illinois 12,070 2.09 1.04 $23.57 $49,020



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 5,750 8.52 4.23 $36.03 $74,930
Connecticut 5,200 3.16 1.57 $25.27 $52,550
West Virginia 2,180 3.08 1.53 $19.63 $40,830
Delaware 1,280 3.01 1.49 $26.77 $55,680
Florida 23,000 3.00 1.49 $23.41 $48,690



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 5,750 8.52 4.23 $36.03 $74,930
Alaska 570 1.74 0.86 $31.21 $64,920
California 30,060 1.99 0.99 $29.30 $60,940
New Jersey 6,190 1.60 0.79 $27.69 $57,600
Washington 5,350 1.85 0.92 $27.21 $56,590




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 15,840 2.94 1.46 $28.89 $60,080
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,170 2.71 1.34 $23.76 $49,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,850 4.14 2.05 $33.59 $69,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,000 1.97 0.98 $31.42 $65,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,440 2.70 1.34 $27.26 $56,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,760 2.57 1.28 $26.87 $55,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,240 2.81 1.39 $28.90 $60,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,120 1.80 0.89 $27.99 $58,230
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,390 2.45 1.21 $26.73 $55,590
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,230 4.04 2.00 $28.16 $58,570