Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
202,660 1.5 % $22.34 $46,470 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.86 $15.94 $20.77 $27.76 $35.05
Annual Wage (2) $26,760 $33,150 $43,200 $57,740 $72,890


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 173,200 15.44 $22.45 $46,690
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,120 0.19 $20.55 $42,750
State Government (OES Designation) 8,730 0.40 $20.92 $43,520
Employment Services 1,930 0.05 $20.95 $43,570
Insurance Carriers 1,900 0.16 $24.91 $51,820

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 173,200 15.44 $22.45 $46,690
Other Investment Pools and Funds 40 0.48 $22.35 $46,500
State Government (OES Designation) 8,730 0.40 $20.92 $43,520
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,120 0.19 $20.55 $42,750
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 40 0.18 $26.13 $54,350

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 $31.80 $66,140
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 50 0.01 $29.71 $61,790
Rail Transportation 50 0.02 $29.22 $60,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30 (7) $28.84 $60,000
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 190 0.03 $28.35 $58,960


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 29,130 1.88 1.28 $25.69 $53,430
New York 16,500 1.84 1.25 $28.96 $60,240
Texas 14,530 1.26 0.85 $21.09 $43,870
Florida 13,380 1.69 1.15 $20.05 $41,700
Pennsylvania 10,950 1.92 1.31 $20.99 $43,670



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 4,410 6.52 4.43 $36.10 $75,100
Delaware 1,160 2.68 1.82 $25.07 $52,150
New Jersey 9,250 2.37 1.61 $22.12 $46,020
Alabama 3,880 2.06 1.40 $18.51 $38,500
Pennsylvania 10,950 1.92 1.31 $20.99 $43,670



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 4,410 6.52 4.43 $36.10 $75,100
New York 16,500 1.84 1.25 $28.96 $60,240
California 29,130 1.88 1.28 $25.69 $53,430
Delaware 1,160 2.68 1.82 $25.07 $52,150
Massachusetts 5,020 1.48 1.01 $24.52 $51,000




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 13,830 2.13 1.45 $29.10 $60,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,580 2.58 1.75 $25.95 $53,970
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,690 1.87 1.27 $24.17 $50,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,190 2.56 1.74 $32.45 $67,510
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,470 5.07 3.45 $22.79 $47,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,040 1.63 1.11 $21.36 $44,420
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,960 1.70 1.16 $22.38 $46,550
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,800 3.48 2.37 $21.64 $45,010
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,800 3.29 2.24 $22.90 $47,630
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,520 2.31 1.57 $22.91 $47,640