Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
220,680 1.4 % $21.30 $44,310 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.67 $15.86 $20.41 $26.13 $32.18
Annual Wage (2) $26,360 $33,000 $42,460 $54,350 $66,940


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 191,400 17.15 $21.41 $44,540
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,380 0.21 $19.00 $39,520
State Government (OES Designation) 8,170 0.36 $19.59 $40,760
Insurance Carriers 2,190 0.19 $23.15 $48,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,820 0.10 $25.46 $52,970

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 191,400 17.15 $21.41 $44,540
Other Investment Pools and Funds 240 0.61 $20.61 $42,870
State Government (OES Designation) 8,170 0.36 $19.59 $40,760
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 60 0.25 $27.43 $57,040
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,380 0.21 $19.00 $39,520

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 $32.71 $68,030
Other Telecommunications 30 0.03 $30.04 $62,490
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 180 0.04 $28.11 $58,470
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 30 0.01 $27.69 $57,600
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 60 0.25 $27.43 $57,040


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 29,670 2.11 1.23 $24.66 $51,290
New York 19,830 2.35 1.37 $25.64 $53,330
Florida 14,240 1.99 1.16 $18.86 $39,230
Texas 12,890 1.25 0.73 $21.47 $44,670
Illinois 12,070 2.17 1.26 $21.26 $44,220




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 5,060 7.85 4.56 $31.32 $65,150
New Jersey 10,690 2.83 1.65 $22.16 $46,090
Delaware 1,020 2.52 1.47 $25.28 $52,590
West Virginia 1,730 2.48 1.44 $17.02 $35,410
Nevada 2,630 2.36 1.37 $21.04 $43,750




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 5,060 7.85 4.56 $31.32 $65,150
New York 19,830 2.35 1.37 $25.64 $53,330
Delaware 1,020 2.52 1.47 $25.28 $52,590
California 29,670 2.11 1.23 $24.66 $51,290
Colorado 3,030 1.39 0.81 $24.07 $50,070





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 14,220 2.81 1.63 $27.24 $56,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,630 2.52 1.46 $25.08 $52,160
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 9,210 2.57 1.49 $22.12 $46,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,660 2.88 1.68 $29.82 $62,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,690 3.14 1.82 $23.24 $48,330
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,150 4.37 2.54 $22.74 $47,300
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,730 2.23 1.29 $24.79 $51,560
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,630 1.42 0.83 $25.67 $53,400
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,590 1.75 1.02 $22.77 $47,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,580 2.09 1.22 $23.37 $48,600




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 650 4.52 2.63 $19.56 $40,670
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,150 4.37 2.54 $22.74 $47,300
Albany, GA 210 3.63 2.11 $15.22 $31,660
Great Falls, MT 120 3.54 2.06 $17.18 $35,730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,340 3.48 2.02 $32.61 $67,820
Wheeling, WV-OH 220 3.44 2.00 $17.39 $36,160
Rapid City, SD 200 3.44 2.00 $12.21 $25,390
Mobile, AL 550 3.26 1.90 $15.90 $33,060
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,620 3.25 1.89 $20.76 $43,190
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,130 3.20 1.86 $20.17 $41,940