Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

43-6012 Legal Secretaries

Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.


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)
220,680 1.4 % $21.65 $45,030 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.72 $15.82 $20.38 $26.83 $33.35
Annual Wage (2) $26,450 $32,900 $42,390 $55,800 $69,360


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 190,660 16.81 $21.76 $45,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,200 0.20 $19.83 $41,250
State Government (OES Designation) 8,480 0.39 $20.14 $41,880
Insurance Carriers 2,340 0.20 $23.52 $48,910
Employment Services 1,620 0.05 $20.92 $43,510

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 190,660 16.81 $21.76 $45,250
State Government (OES Designation) 8,480 0.39 $20.14 $41,880
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 60 0.25 $27.86 $57,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,200 0.20 $19.83 $41,250
Insurance Carriers 2,340 0.20 $23.52 $48,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $31.15 $64,780
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 30 0.01 $29.04 $60,410
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 60 0.25 $27.86 $57,950
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 380 0.06 $27.85 $57,920
Lessors of Real Estate 30 0.01 $26.80 $55,740


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 30,530 2.08 1.25 $24.89 $51,760
New York 20,450 2.37 1.42 $26.05 $54,190
Florida 16,410 2.20 1.32 $18.75 $38,990
Texas 15,330 1.40 0.84 $21.13 $43,940
Pennsylvania 11,390 2.03 1.22 $21.10 $43,890




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 4,130 6.20 3.73 $33.15 $68,940
Delaware 1,120 2.71 1.63 $24.72 $51,410
New Jersey 10,150 2.66 1.60 $22.48 $46,750
Alabama 4,520 2.45 1.47 $17.10 $35,560
New York 20,450 2.37 1.42 $26.05 $54,190




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 4,130 6.20 3.73 $33.15 $68,940
New York 20,450 2.37 1.42 $26.05 $54,190
California 30,530 2.08 1.25 $24.89 $51,760
Delaware 1,120 2.71 1.63 $24.72 $51,410
Massachusetts 5,670 1.74 1.04 $23.90 $49,710





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 14,040 2.68 1.61 $27.67 $57,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,570 2.41 1.45 $25.97 $54,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,230 1.95 1.17 $23.30 $48,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,890 3.20 1.92 $23.11 $48,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,850 2.47 1.49 $30.18 $62,770
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,410 1.60 0.96 $25.32 $52,660
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,250 4.07 2.44 $30.04 $62,490
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,170 1.94 1.17 $21.50 $44,730
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,170 4.35 2.62 $22.66 $47,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,140 1.79 1.08 $23.24 $48,340