Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
271,320 1.2 % $24.60 $51,170 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.30 $17.83 $22.87 $29.51 $37.00
Annual Wage (2) $29,740 $37,090 $47,570 $61,390 $76,960


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 202,930 17.90 $23.64 $49,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 15,790 0.29 $25.09 $52,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 13,310 0.66 $32.12 $66,800
State Government (OES Designation) 9,750 0.44 $21.86 $45,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6,390 0.30 $29.82 $62,020

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 202,930 17.90 $23.64 $49,180
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 190 0.81 $25.22 $52,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 13,310 0.66 $32.12 $66,800
State Government (OES Designation) 9,750 0.44 $21.86 $45,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6,390 0.30 $29.82 $62,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 250 0.09 $37.09 $77,140
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 280 0.04 $36.04 $74,970
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 120 0.03 $35.88 $74,630
Grantmaking and Giving Services 60 0.05 $35.14 $73,090
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 70 0.02 $34.99 $72,780


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 29,720 2.02 0.99 $28.88 $60,060
Florida 24,360 3.27 1.60 $22.99 $47,820
New York 22,670 2.62 1.28 $26.44 $54,990
Texas 19,670 1.80 0.88 $25.32 $52,670
Illinois 12,390 2.17 1.06 $23.58 $49,050




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 6,350 9.53 4.66 $35.12 $73,050
Florida 24,360 3.27 1.60 $22.99 $47,820
Delaware 1,320 3.21 1.57 $25.89 $53,840
West Virginia 2,030 2.87 1.40 $19.96 $41,510
Connecticut 4,680 2.86 1.40 $25.59 $53,230




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 6,350 9.53 4.66 $35.12 $73,050
California 29,720 2.02 0.99 $28.88 $60,060
Alaska 440 1.37 0.67 $28.85 $60,020
New Jersey 6,630 1.74 0.85 $28.29 $58,830
Oregon 2,520 1.53 0.75 $27.29 $56,760





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 16,970 3.24 1.58 $27.50 $57,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 10,540 4.45 2.18 $32.96 $68,550
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,470 2.83 1.38 $24.10 $50,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,200 2.06 1.01 $31.17 $64,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,460 2.80 1.37 $26.61 $55,340
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,370 2.92 1.43 $29.40 $61,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,270 2.45 1.20 $28.05 $58,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,760 1.72 0.84 $28.81 $59,930
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 4,490 3.90 1.91 $21.39 $44,500
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,320 4.22 2.06 $25.20 $52,410