Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Occupational Employment Statistics
PRINT:Print
OES OES Program Links

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
1,075,520 0.5 % $50.95 $105,980 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.62 $24.78 $38.30 $66.46 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $36,650 $51,530 $79,650 $138,240 (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 630,400 56.14 $52.08 $108,320
Local Government (OES Designation) 101,550 1.89 $40.77 $84,810
State Government (OES Designation) 90,690 4.15 $42.10 $87,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 71,560 3.54 $53.23 $110,720
Insurance Carriers 29,170 2.50 $42.62 $88,640

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 630,400 56.14 $52.08 $108,320
State Government (OES Designation) 90,690 4.15 $42.10 $87,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 71,560 3.54 $53.23 $110,720
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,700 3.14 $58.07 $120,790
Insurance Carriers 29,170 2.50 $42.62 $88,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 110 2.41 $88.07 $183,190
Scheduled Air Transportation 130 0.03 $85.21 $177,230
Waste Treatment and Disposal 60 0.06 $84.45 $175,660
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.03 $84.11 $174,950
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 720 0.19 $83.33 $173,330


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 124,150 7.78 1.02 $60.17 $125,150
New York 108,300 11.90 1.55 $63.35 $131,770
Florida 84,040 10.22 1.33 $46.82 $97,390
Texas 83,070 7.07 0.92 $51.78 $107,700
Illinois 44,870 7.60 0.99 $50.57 $105,180




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 38,960 55.46 7.24 $78.23 $162,710
New York 108,300 11.90 1.55 $63.35 $131,770
Delaware 4,950 11.23 1.47 $52.94 $110,120
Florida 84,040 10.22 1.33 $46.82 $97,390
Virginia 36,160 9.62 1.26 $50.88 $105,840




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 38,960 55.46 7.24 $78.23 $162,710
New York 108,300 11.90 1.55 $63.35 $131,770
California 124,150 7.78 1.02 $60.17 $125,150
Massachusetts 29,200 8.44 1.10 $58.81 $122,330
New Jersey 32,290 8.16 1.07 $54.85 $114,100





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 82,860 12.58 1.64 $69.42 $144,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 62,290 25.01 3.26 $69.52 $144,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 39,040 9.25 1.21 $61.83 $128,600
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 33,830 9.30 1.21 $52.75 $109,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 23,610 8.05 1.05 $60.87 $126,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 22,310 8.74 1.14 $52.74 $109,690
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 22,170 12.30 1.61 $63.16 $131,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 18,990 7.82 1.02 $59.50 $123,750
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 16,930 15.04 1.96 $48.44 $100,750
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 15,700 14.72 1.92 $75.71 $157,480