Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
592,670 0.7 % $63.46 $131,990 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.52 $36.32 $54.95 $81.67 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $55,170 $75,540 $114,300 $169,880 (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 374,950 33.07 $66.41 $138,140
Local Government (OES Designation) 51,530 0.94 $46.13 $95,950
State Government (OES Designation) 38,920 1.78 $40.19 $83,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,840 1.73 $62.87 $130,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 15,540 0.73 $78.97 $164,270

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 374,950 33.07 $66.41 $138,140
State Government (OES Designation) 38,920 1.78 $40.19 $83,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,840 1.73 $62.87 $130,760
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 90 1.41 $90.59 $188,430
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 280 1.19 $67.02 $139,410

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) $112.99 $235,020
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing (8) (8) $97.12 $202,010
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 1,360 0.31 $95.67 $198,990
Other Information Services 780 0.41 $95.63 $198,910
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 90 0.08 $94.64 $196,850


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 68,700 4.67 1.04 $74.88 $155,750
New York 68,640 7.95 1.78 $73.79 $153,490
Florida 40,960 5.50 1.23 $59.15 $123,040
Texas 39,190 3.59 0.80 $64.52 $134,200
District of Columbia 31,810 47.78 10.69 $78.27 $162,800




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 31,810 47.78 10.69 $78.27 $162,800
New York 68,640 7.95 1.78 $73.79 $153,490
Delaware 2,810 6.81 1.52 $73.31 $152,490
Florida 40,960 5.50 1.23 $59.15 $123,040
Massachusetts 17,530 5.38 1.20 $64.61 $134,380




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 31,810 47.78 10.69 $78.27 $162,800
California 68,700 4.67 1.04 $74.88 $155,750
New York 68,640 7.95 1.78 $73.79 $153,490
Delaware 2,810 6.81 1.52 $73.31 $152,490
Connecticut 7,560 4.62 1.03 $67.27 $139,920





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 53,080 10.13 2.27 $79.66 $165,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 41,480 17.52 3.92 $75.70 $157,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 23,780 5.98 1.34 $79.15 $164,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 23,310 6.30 1.41 $65.83 $136,930
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 14,110 8.07 1.81 $67.33 $140,050
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 13,560 7.37 1.65 $68.56 $142,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 12,510 5.42 1.21 $69.70 $144,970
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,330 4.47 1.00 $76.17 $158,430
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,120 9.68 2.16 $81.42 $169,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,820 4.57 1.02 $65.75 $136,760