Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

23-1011 Lawyers

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.


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)
561,350 0.7 % $62.23 $129,440 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.02 $36.15 $54.21 $79.55 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $54,130 $75,200 $112,760 $165,470 (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 369,600 33.06 $65.64 $136,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 50,460 0.90 $44.34 $92,220
State Government (OES Designation) 36,630 1.60 $39.51 $82,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 32,890 1.62 $62.60 $130,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises 12,700 0.67 $76.12 $158,340

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 369,600 33.06 $65.64 $136,530
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 200 2.70 $73.71 $153,320
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 32,890 1.62 $62.60 $130,210
State Government (OES Designation) 36,630 1.60 $39.51 $82,190
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 370 1.49 $79.01 $164,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 340 0.31 $100.20 $208,410
Tobacco Manufacturing 40 0.24 $92.80 $193,020
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 130 0.05 $87.56 $182,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $87.32 $181,630
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 90 0.47 $85.74 $178,340


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 68,010 4.86 1.10 $74.87 $155,740
New York 65,070 7.80 1.77 $72.36 $150,510
Florida 41,240 5.81 1.32 $56.75 $118,040
Texas 33,470 3.32 0.75 $61.85 $128,650
Illinois 28,720 5.19 1.18 $63.76 $132,620




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 28,390 44.40 10.05 $78.28 $162,830
New York 65,070 7.80 1.77 $72.36 $150,510
Delaware 2,620 6.58 1.49 $72.96 $151,750
Florida 41,240 5.81 1.32 $56.75 $118,040
Massachusetts 16,710 5.36 1.21 $61.71 $128,370




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 28,390 44.40 10.05 $78.28 $162,830
California 68,010 4.86 1.10 $74.87 $155,740
Delaware 2,620 6.58 1.49 $72.96 $151,750
New York 65,070 7.80 1.77 $72.36 $150,510
Connecticut 7,490 4.69 1.06 $66.55 $138,420

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 49,810 10.00 2.26 $78.88 $164,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 37,280 16.29 3.69 $75.85 $157,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 24,260 6.36 1.44 $79.52 $165,400
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 23,840 6.73 1.52 $67.04 $139,450
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 12,930 7.80 1.77 $64.33 $133,810
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 11,700 6.49 1.47 $71.40 $148,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 11,330 5.15 1.17 $67.44 $140,280
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 9,710 10.23 2.32 $82.73 $172,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,370 4.68 1.06 $68.63 $142,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,070 3.63 0.82 $73.13 $152,120




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 37,280 16.29 3.69 $75.85 $157,770
Tallahassee, FL 1,970 12.45 2.82 $46.26 $96,220
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 9,710 10.23 2.32 $82.73 $172,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 49,810 10.00 2.26 $78.88 $164,060
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 8,690 9.07 2.05 $65.26 $135,730
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 12,930 7.80 1.77 $64.33 $133,810
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 1,670 7.78 1.76 $54.54 $113,430
Topeka, KS 820 7.72 1.75 $33.09 $68,840
Carson City, NV 210 7.56 1.71 $48.70 $101,290
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,380 7.56 1.71 $73.30 $152,450