Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Excludes "Legal Secretaries" (43-6012).


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)
271,930 1.1 % $25.19 $52,390 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.74 $18.21 $23.47 $30.09 $37.99
Annual Wage (2) $30,670 $37,880 $48,810 $62,590 $79,010


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 203,290 18.12 $24.17 $50,280
Local Government (OES Designation) 14,110 0.26 $24.91 $51,820
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 13,200 0.66 $32.14 $66,840
State Government (OES Designation) 9,950 0.45 $22.99 $47,820
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6,660 0.29 $31.54 $65,600

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 203,290 18.12 $24.17 $50,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 13,200 0.66 $32.14 $66,840
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 120 0.53 $28.94 $60,190
State Government (OES Designation) 9,950 0.45 $22.99 $47,820
Insurance Carriers 3,830 0.33 $29.02 $60,350

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 110 0.03 $42.92 $89,270
Software Publishers 270 0.08 $37.09 $77,150
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 240 0.04 $35.21 $73,240
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 130 0.04 $35.00 $72,810
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 110 0.02 $34.87 $72,540


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 29,180 1.88 0.95 $28.48 $59,230
Texas 22,350 1.93 0.98 $25.57 $53,190
Florida 21,820 2.75 1.40 $24.18 $50,300
New York 21,400 2.38 1.21 $27.84 $57,920
Illinois 11,140 1.90 0.97 $24.58 $51,120



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 5,490 8.13 4.12 $37.13 $77,230
Connecticut 5,420 3.27 1.66 $25.68 $53,410
Delaware 1,350 3.10 1.57 $26.63 $55,380
West Virginia 2,140 3.02 1.53 $21.11 $43,910
Florida 21,820 2.75 1.40 $24.18 $50,300



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 5,490 8.13 4.12 $37.13 $77,230
Alaska 600 1.82 0.92 $31.96 $66,470
California 29,180 1.88 0.95 $28.48 $59,230
New York 21,400 2.38 1.21 $27.84 $57,920
Washington 5,160 1.73 0.88 $27.52 $57,230




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 15,920 2.46 1.25 $29.40 $61,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,440 3.90 1.98 $33.44 $69,560
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,980 2.51 1.27 $24.86 $51,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,080 1.97 1.00 $28.49 $59,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,820 2.35 1.19 $26.87 $55,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,750 1.96 1.00 $27.25 $56,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,700 2.44 1.24 $29.18 $60,700
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,150 2.92 1.48 $25.73 $53,510
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,690 4.29 2.18 $28.01 $58,250
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,320 3.15 1.60 $26.45 $55,020