Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
609,930 0.7 % $65.51 $136,260 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.86 $36.68 $55.69 $83.79 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $55,870 $76,300 $115,820 $174,280 (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 380,180 33.88 $68.23 $141,920
Local Government (OES Designation) 52,130 0.97 $47.63 $99,060
State Government (OES Designation) 40,770 1.85 $41.71 $86,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 35,270 1.78 $64.61 $134,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises 17,060 0.76 $84.58 $175,930

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 380,180 33.88 $68.23 $141,920
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 100 1.95 $92.56 $192,530
State Government (OES Designation) 40,770 1.85 $41.71 $86,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 35,270 1.78 $64.61 $134,400
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,230 1.15 $76.44 $159,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 50 0.04 $101.95 $212,060
Other Information Services 1,170 0.50 $100.59 $209,230
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.41 $98.89 $205,690
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 520 0.14 $97.07 $201,900
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 1,740 0.39 $95.63 $198,900


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 72,790 4.70 1.06 $78.37 $163,020
New York 72,100 8.02 1.81 $74.55 $155,050
Florida 46,770 5.90 1.33 $61.56 $128,050
Texas 41,000 3.54 0.80 $68.98 $143,490
District of Columbia 30,690 45.40 10.26 $83.88 $174,480



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 30,690 45.40 10.26 $83.88 $174,480
New York 72,100 8.02 1.81 $74.55 $155,050
Delaware 2,970 6.85 1.55 $73.24 $152,330
Florida 46,770 5.90 1.33 $61.56 $128,050
Illinois 30,220 5.16 1.17 $60.54 $125,920



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 30,690 45.40 10.26 $83.88 $174,480
California 72,790 4.70 1.06 $78.37 $163,020
New York 72,100 8.02 1.81 $74.55 $155,050
Massachusetts 16,850 4.96 1.12 $73.55 $152,990
Delaware 2,970 6.85 1.55 $73.24 $152,330




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 58,650 9.05 2.05 $80.76 $167,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 40,870 16.91 3.82 $80.09 $166,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 24,040 5.86 1.32 $83.22 $173,100
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 23,150 6.48 1.47 $62.12 $129,220
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 12,970 7.36 1.66 $78.96 $164,230
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,650 4.32 0.98 $77.69 $161,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,200 4.92 1.11 $66.05 $137,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,590 4.55 1.03 $73.09 $152,030
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 10,320 10.12 2.29 $85.63 $178,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 9,120 4.85 1.10 $64.64 $134,460