Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

23-0000 Legal Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Lawyers ; Judicial Law Clerks ; Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers ; Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators ; Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates ; Paralegals and Legal Assistants ; Court Reporters ; Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers ; Legal Support Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,023,020 0.5 % $47.39 $98,570 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.80 $23.15 $36.19 $62.57 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $34,940 $48,150 $75,270 $130,130 (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 605,930 54.21 $49.52 $103,000
Local Government (OES Designation) 103,290 1.89 $37.51 $78,020
State Government (OES Designation) 85,280 3.87 $37.52 $78,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 69,320 3.40 $50.08 $104,160
Insurance Carriers 29,790 2.57 $38.83 $80,770

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 605,930 54.21 $49.52 $103,000
State Government (OES Designation) 85,280 3.87 $37.52 $78,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 69,320 3.40 $50.08 $104,160
Insurance Carriers 29,790 2.57 $38.83 $80,770
Other Investment Pools and Funds 970 2.41 $43.66 $90,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $100.87 $209,810
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 280 0.25 $94.66 $196,900
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.03 $90.58 $188,420
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 670 0.08 $87.10 $181,160
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 60 0.38 $84.60 $175,970


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 117,390 8.21 1.05 $56.10 $116,680
New York 104,020 12.18 1.55 $58.07 $120,780
Florida 77,430 10.65 1.36 $41.52 $86,360
Texas 70,720 6.68 0.85 $45.33 $94,280
Illinois 44,370 7.87 1.00 $51.67 $107,480




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 39,930 61.07 7.78 $69.24 $144,010
New York 104,020 12.18 1.55 $58.07 $120,780
Delaware 4,800 11.82 1.51 $54.54 $113,430
Florida 77,430 10.65 1.36 $41.52 $86,360
Virginia 35,490 9.87 1.26 $46.77 $97,270




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 39,930 61.07 7.78 $69.24 $144,010
New York 104,020 12.18 1.55 $58.07 $120,780
California 117,390 8.21 1.05 $56.10 $116,680
Delaware 4,800 11.82 1.51 $54.54 $113,430
Connecticut 13,380 8.26 1.05 $52.19 $108,550





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 76,010 14.74 1.88 $63.72 $132,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 63,380 27.04 3.44 $62.70 $130,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 38,440 9.93 1.26 $59.69 $124,160
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 36,660 10.07 1.28 $53.84 $111,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 21,950 9.70 1.24 $50.15 $104,310
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 21,010 11.52 1.47 $53.78 $111,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 19,540 7.40 0.94 $56.90 $118,360
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 19,370 11.32 1.44 $55.57 $115,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 16,920 8.07 1.03 $47.84 $99,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 15,360 15.35 1.96 $69.13 $143,790