Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
1,052,900 0.5 % $48.61 $101,110 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.23 $23.94 $36.95 $64.15 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $35,840 $49,790 $76,860 $133,430 (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 618,420 54.84 $50.13 $104,270
Local Government (OES Designation) 107,350 2.02 $38.77 $80,650
State Government (OES Designation) 88,270 4.05 $38.82 $80,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 68,160 3.45 $51.98 $108,110
Insurance Carriers 30,080 2.59 $41.71 $86,760

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 618,420 54.84 $50.13 $104,270
State Government (OES Designation) 88,270 4.05 $38.82 $80,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 68,160 3.45 $51.98 $108,110
Insurance Carriers 30,080 2.59 $41.71 $86,760
Other Investment Pools and Funds 180 2.49 $50.03 $104,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 540 0.15 $84.68 $176,140
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.02 $84.52 $175,790
Securities and Commodity Exchanges (8) (8) $84.30 $175,340
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.06 $83.18 $173,010
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 30 0.01 $82.09 $170,750


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 122,130 8.08 1.04 $57.74 $120,100
New York 104,370 11.85 1.52 $60.48 $125,790
Florida 79,660 10.39 1.33 $43.07 $89,590
Texas 77,600 6.91 0.89 $48.44 $100,760
Illinois 47,420 8.22 1.06 $48.14 $100,140



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 39,110 57.97 7.44 $72.33 $150,450
New York 104,370 11.85 1.52 $60.48 $125,790
Delaware 5,020 11.83 1.52 $53.03 $110,310
Florida 79,660 10.39 1.33 $43.07 $89,590
Virginia 36,550 10.02 1.29 $48.80 $101,500



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 39,110 57.97 7.44 $72.33 $150,450
New York 104,370 11.85 1.52 $60.48 $125,790
California 122,130 8.08 1.04 $57.74 $120,100
Massachusetts 24,810 7.47 0.96 $56.17 $116,820
New Jersey 29,900 7.73 0.99 $54.69 $113,750




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 76,320 14.16 1.82 $66.97 $139,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 63,120 26.54 3.41 $64.80 $134,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 39,150 9.65 1.24 $63.52 $132,120
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 37,070 9.88 1.27 $48.07 $99,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 22,020 7.75 0.99 $58.48 $121,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 21,670 9.07 1.16 $49.90 $103,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 21,010 11.29 1.45 $52.54 $109,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 18,650 8.33 1.07 $50.24 $104,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 18,560 10.34 1.33 $60.79 $126,440
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 15,650 11.80 1.52 $50.25 $104,520