Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
581,920 0.7 % $62.93 $130,880 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.11 $36.00 $54.58 $80.77 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $54,310 $74,880 $113,530 $168,010 (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 373,510 33.41 $65.95 $137,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 51,140 0.93 $45.34 $94,310
State Government (OES Designation) 37,280 1.69 $39.78 $82,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,290 1.68 $62.84 $130,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 14,560 0.73 $78.61 $163,510

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 373,510 33.41 $65.95 $137,180
State Government (OES Designation) 37,280 1.69 $39.78 $82,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,290 1.68 $62.84 $130,710
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 110 1.60 $87.49 $181,980
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 670 1.49 $71.29 $148,270

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) $116.28 $241,870
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 260 0.23 $99.70 $207,370
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 590 0.07 $95.62 $198,880
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.02 $93.50 $194,490
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 90 0.12 $93.25 $193,960


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)
New York 67,210 7.87 1.76 $73.01 $151,850
California 67,190 4.70 1.05 $73.79 $153,480
Florida 40,870 5.62 1.26 $58.11 $120,870
Texas 37,640 3.56 0.80 $62.27 $129,510
District of Columbia 30,830 47.17 10.56 $79.61 $165,590




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 30,830 47.17 10.56 $79.61 $165,590
New York 67,210 7.87 1.76 $73.01 $151,850
Delaware 2,820 6.95 1.56 $73.36 $152,580
Florida 40,870 5.62 1.26 $58.11 $120,870
Massachusetts 17,460 5.45 1.22 $64.50 $134,150




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 30,830 47.17 10.56 $79.61 $165,590
California 67,190 4.70 1.05 $73.79 $153,480
Delaware 2,820 6.95 1.56 $73.36 $152,580
New York 67,210 7.87 1.76 $73.01 $151,850
Connecticut 7,800 4.81 1.08 $68.95 $143,410





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 51,850 10.05 2.25 $79.65 $165,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 40,390 17.23 3.86 $76.82 $159,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 23,380 6.42 1.44 $69.79 $145,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 23,130 5.97 1.34 $77.99 $162,210
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 13,980 8.17 1.83 $66.94 $139,240
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 13,640 7.48 1.67 $68.13 $141,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 12,130 5.36 1.20 $69.71 $145,010
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,910 4.13 0.93 $78.79 $163,880
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,650 10.65 2.38 $83.87 $174,440
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,710 4.63 1.04 $63.06 $131,170