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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

23-0000 Legal Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Lawyers ; Judicial Law Clerks ; Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers ; Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators ; Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates ; Paralegals and Legal Assistants ; Court Reporters ; Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers ; Legal Support Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,127,900 0.4 % $52.25 $108,690 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.04 $25.47 $38.85 $68.12 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $37,510 $52,970 $80,810 $141,700 (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 669,280 58.81 $53.13 $110,520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 105,130 1.92 $42.48 $88,350
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 95,200 4.37 $43.34 $90,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 71,390 3.56 $55.87 $116,200
Insurance Carriers 28,380 2.43 $43.32 $90,110

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 669,280 58.81 $53.13 $110,520
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 95,200 4.37 $43.34 $90,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 71,390 3.56 $55.87 $116,200
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 770 3.44 $61.14 $127,170
Other Investment Pools and Funds 260 3.04 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.36 $101.97 $212,100
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 50 0.06 $89.30 $185,730
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 650 0.41 $86.97 $180,900
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 160 0.07 $86.05 $178,990
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 60 0.02 $85.32 $177,470


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 135,520 7.97 1.02 $62.77 $130,560
New York 114,010 12.15 1.56 $65.45 $136,140
Florida 88,420 10.27 1.32 $45.54 $94,720
Texas 80,670 6.66 0.85 $52.00 $108,160
Illinois 49,630 8.28 1.06 $58.10 $120,850




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 40,010 56.16 7.21 $81.40 $169,310
New York 114,010 12.15 1.56 $65.45 $136,140
Delaware 4,760 10.60 1.36 $58.72 $122,140
Florida 88,420 10.27 1.32 $45.54 $94,720
Maryland 25,320 9.43 1.21 $45.40 $94,420




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 40,010 56.16 7.21 $81.40 $169,310
New York 114,010 12.15 1.56 $65.45 $136,140
California 135,520 7.97 1.02 $62.77 $130,560
Massachusetts 29,810 8.35 1.07 $62.53 $130,060
Delaware 4,760 10.60 1.36 $58.72 $122,140





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 116,340 12.25 1.57 $67.41 $140,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 68,260 21.77 2.79 $69.97 $145,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 60,170 9.83 1.26 $63.52 $132,120
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 42,140 9.08 1.16 $60.36 $125,550
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 36,690 14.16 1.82 $50.58 $105,210
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 31,180 10.95 1.40 $54.52 $113,400
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 26,350 9.55 1.23 $64.82 $134,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 25,880 9.65 1.24 $51.70 $107,530
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 25,280 10.45 1.34 $69.84 $145,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 25,160 7.05 0.90 $56.69 $117,910