Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
212,910 1.3 % $21.96 $45,670 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.83 $15.85 $20.56 $27.30 $34.11
Annual Wage (2) $26,680 $32,970 $42,770 $56,770 $70,950


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 182,310 16.17 $22.08 $45,920
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,200 0.21 $20.22 $42,060
State Government (OES Designation) 8,330 0.38 $20.24 $42,090
Insurance Carriers 2,190 0.19 $24.31 $50,570
Employment Services 2,020 0.06 $20.82 $43,300

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 182,310 16.17 $22.08 $45,920
State Government (OES Designation) 8,330 0.38 $20.24 $42,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,200 0.21 $20.22 $42,060
Insurance Carriers 2,190 0.19 $24.31 $50,570
Other Financial Investment Activities 360 0.08 $25.77 $53,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.05 $31.21 $64,920
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 40 0.01 $28.88 $60,070
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30 (7) $28.68 $59,650
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 280 0.05 $28.48 $59,250
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.02 $27.14 $56,450


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 30,030 1.99 1.26 $25.57 $53,190
New York 17,270 1.96 1.24 $26.96 $56,080
Texas 15,160 1.35 0.86 $21.06 $43,810
Florida 14,950 1.95 1.24 $19.37 $40,280
Pennsylvania 11,970 2.12 1.34 $21.02 $43,720



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 4,210 6.24 3.96 $34.45 $71,660
Delaware 1,290 3.03 1.93 $24.21 $50,360
New Jersey 10,180 2.63 1.67 $22.41 $46,610
Alabama 4,590 2.47 1.57 $17.26 $35,900
Pennsylvania 11,970 2.12 1.34 $21.02 $43,720



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 4,210 6.24 3.96 $34.45 $71,660
New York 17,270 1.96 1.24 $26.96 $56,080
California 30,030 1.99 1.26 $25.57 $53,190
Massachusetts 5,600 1.69 1.07 $24.77 $51,520
Delaware 1,290 3.03 1.93 $24.21 $50,360




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 12,570 2.33 1.48 $28.30 $58,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,250 2.53 1.60 $27.14 $56,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,400 3.44 2.18 $22.77 $47,360
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,190 1.65 1.05 $24.42 $50,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,060 2.55 1.62 $31.02 $64,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,070 1.70 1.08 $21.77 $45,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,960 1.77 1.12 $22.75 $47,320
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,900 3.59 2.28 $31.13 $64,760
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,860 4.01 2.55 $23.39 $48,650
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,840 1.35 0.86 $24.38 $50,720