Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
1,041,700 0.5 % $47.89 $99,620 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.04 $23.50 $36.59 $63.24 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $35,450 $48,880 $76,100 $131,530 (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 614,910 54.23 $49.67 $103,310
Local Government (OES Designation) 105,310 1.92 $38.09 $79,220
State Government (OES Designation) 86,790 3.96 $38.08 $79,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 69,450 3.46 $50.66 $105,360
Insurance Carriers 29,850 2.54 $40.03 $83,250

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 614,910 54.23 $49.67 $103,310
State Government (OES Designation) 86,790 3.96 $38.08 $79,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 69,450 3.46 $50.66 $105,360
Insurance Carriers 29,850 2.54 $40.03 $83,250
Other Investment Pools and Funds 190 2.38 $48.36 $100,600

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) $98.70 $205,300
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.02 $92.12 $191,620
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.03 $86.29 $179,490
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 650 0.07 $85.25 $177,320
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 110 0.10 $82.50 $171,610


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 121,530 8.26 1.05 $56.65 $117,820
New York 103,890 12.03 1.53 $59.54 $123,840
Florida 78,760 10.57 1.34 $42.14 $87,650
Texas 72,960 6.68 0.85 $47.17 $98,110
Illinois 46,580 8.17 1.04 $49.05 $102,020




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 40,360 60.62 7.72 $69.14 $143,820
New York 103,890 12.03 1.53 $59.54 $123,840
Delaware 4,910 11.92 1.52 $54.50 $113,370
Florida 78,760 10.57 1.34 $42.14 $87,650
Virginia 36,170 9.96 1.27 $47.21 $98,190




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 40,360 60.62 7.72 $69.14 $143,820
New York 103,890 12.03 1.53 $59.54 $123,840
California 121,530 8.26 1.05 $56.65 $117,820
Delaware 4,910 11.92 1.52 $54.50 $113,370
Massachusetts 25,520 7.83 1.00 $52.52 $109,250





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 75,610 14.42 1.84 $64.86 $134,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 64,450 27.23 3.47 $62.52 $130,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 39,900 10.04 1.28 $60.51 $125,850
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 37,450 10.12 1.29 $50.31 $104,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 21,880 9.48 1.21 $51.63 $107,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 21,540 11.70 1.49 $53.56 $111,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 20,570 7.46 0.95 $58.32 $121,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 19,240 11.00 1.40 $56.58 $117,680
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 17,320 8.06 1.03 $49.49 $102,940
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 15,350 11.99 1.53 $52.65 $109,510