Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants*

* This occupation has the same title, but not necessarily the same content, as the 2010 SOC occupation

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)
247,940 1.3 % $23.87 $49,640 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.16 $17.42 $22.44 $28.80 $36.00
Annual Wage (2) $29,460 $36,230 $46,680 $59,910 $74,870


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 179,850 16.09 $22.93 $47,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 14,450 0.71 $30.87 $64,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 13,300 0.24 $24.34 $50,630
State Government (OES Designation) 10,230 0.45 $21.14 $43,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,960 0.31 $28.10 $58,440

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 179,850 16.09 $22.93 $47,690
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 360 1.47 $27.05 $56,270
Other Investment Pools and Funds 340 0.88 $23.44 $48,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 14,450 0.71 $30.87 $64,210
State Government (OES Designation) 10,230 0.45 $21.14 $43,970

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 40 0.03 $37.91 $78,840
Software Publishers 370 0.15 $36.04 $74,960
Oil and Gas Extraction 110 0.07 $33.59 $69,870
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.04 $33.03 $68,700
Educational Support Services 40 0.03 $31.70 $65,930


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 27,260 1.95 1.00 $28.74 $59,790
New York 23,350 2.80 1.43 $27.36 $56,920
Florida 19,690 2.77 1.42 $22.20 $46,180
Texas 17,610 1.75 0.90 $23.07 $47,980
North Carolina 9,280 2.46 1.26 $20.03 $41,650




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 6,350 9.94 5.09 $31.60 $65,740
West Virginia 2,280 3.32 1.70 $17.42 $36,230
Delaware 1,190 3.00 1.54 $24.62 $51,210
Connecticut 4,560 2.85 1.46 $24.59 $51,150
New York 23,350 2.80 1.43 $27.36 $56,920




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 6,350 9.94 5.09 $31.60 $65,740
California 27,260 1.95 1.00 $28.74 $59,790
New York 23,350 2.80 1.43 $27.36 $56,920
New Jersey 6,530 1.73 0.89 $25.42 $52,870
Illinois 9,010 1.63 0.84 $25.34 $52,700

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 17,370 3.49 1.79 $29.11 $60,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,840 4.30 2.20 $30.72 $63,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,790 2.04 1.05 $29.26 $60,860
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 7,510 2.12 1.09 $25.84 $53,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,130 2.78 1.43 $23.80 $49,510
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,720 2.29 1.17 $23.79 $49,480
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,700 2.83 1.45 $24.60 $51,170
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,530 2.51 1.29 $26.39 $54,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,200 2.10 1.07 $25.66 $53,380
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,020 2.39 1.22 $23.53 $48,950




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)
Charleston, WV 720 5.10 2.61 $18.64 $38,760
Winston-Salem, NC 960 4.82 2.47 $18.05 $37,550
Jackson, MS 1,140 4.68 2.40 $19.25 $40,030
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 3,080 4.47 2.29 $21.87 $45,480
Cheyenne, WY 180 4.40 2.26 $19.22 $39,970
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,210 4.39 2.25 $22.69 $47,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,840 4.30 2.20 $30.72 $63,890
Tallahassee, FL 660 4.15 2.13 $19.36 $40,270
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,640 3.80 1.95 $24.87 $51,730
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,850 3.72 1.91 $24.49 $50,940




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,460 3.64 1.87 $31.98 $66,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,250 2.63 1.35 $31.38 $65,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,840 4.30 2.20 $30.72 $63,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 770 0.67 0.34 $29.97 $62,340
Napa, CA 70 1.15 0.59 $29.87 $62,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,790 2.04 1.05 $29.26 $60,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 17,370 3.49 1.79 $29.11 $60,540
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,920 2.02 1.03 $28.89 $60,100
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 580 2.71 1.39 $28.58 $59,450
Worcester, MA-CT 190 0.82 0.42 $28.48 $59,230

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 440 1.52 0.78 $14.77 $30,710
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 1.54 0.79 $18.20 $37,850
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 370 2.88 1.48 $13.44 $27,950
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 3.33 1.71 $19.22 $39,970
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 360 2.05 1.05 $17.50 $36,410

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 3.33 1.71 $19.22 $39,970
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 370 2.88 1.48 $13.44 $27,950
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 260 2.71 1.39 $23.23 $48,310
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 2.70 1.39 $17.39 $36,180
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 300 2.64 1.35 $17.07 $35,500

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.14 $31.81 $66,160
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.79 0.40 $26.36 $54,820
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 180 0.99 0.51 $26.07 $54,230
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.95 $53,970
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 2.04 1.04 $25.20 $52,420


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011