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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
1,095,770 0.4 % $51.62 $107,370 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.77 $25.17 $38.50 $67.39 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $36,970 $52,340 $80,080 $140,170 (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 646,250 57.20 $52.67 $109,550
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 103,470 1.90 $41.36 $86,030
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 93,100 4.26 $42.45 $88,290
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 71,900 3.55 $54.63 $113,630
Insurance Carriers 27,960 2.40 $42.95 $89,330

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 646,250 57.20 $52.67 $109,550
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 93,100 4.26 $42.45 $88,290
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 71,900 3.55 $54.63 $113,630
Other Investment Pools and Funds 240 3.32 $46.07 $95,820
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 660 2.90 $65.10 $135,420

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 0.31 $91.80 $190,940
Scheduled Air Transportation 120 0.03 $87.25 $181,480
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 30 0.02 $83.58 $173,840
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 800 0.50 $83.26 $173,180
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 750 0.21 $82.91 $172,460


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 129,420 7.75 1.01 $62.09 $129,140
New York 111,100 12.07 1.57 $64.11 $133,360
Florida 86,580 10.28 1.34 $45.38 $94,400
Texas 81,400 6.85 0.89 $50.98 $106,040
Illinois 47,490 8.01 1.04 $54.63 $113,630




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 39,520 55.81 7.26 $81.25 $169,000
New York 111,100 12.07 1.57 $64.11 $133,360
Delaware 4,900 11.07 1.44 $57.27 $119,130
Florida 86,580 10.28 1.34 $45.38 $94,400
Maryland 25,000 9.38 1.22 $44.23 $92,010




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 39,520 55.81 7.26 $81.25 $169,000
New York 111,100 12.07 1.57 $64.11 $133,360
California 129,420 7.75 1.01 $62.09 $129,140
Massachusetts 29,460 8.35 1.09 $59.06 $122,840
Delaware 4,900 11.07 1.44 $57.27 $119,130



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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 84,110 12.56 1.63 $70.64 $146,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 62,000 24.61 3.20 $71.50 $148,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 42,340 9.56 1.24 $62.19 $129,360
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 35,890 9.80 1.27 $57.35 $119,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 23,630 9.02 1.17 $54.12 $112,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 22,460 7.67 1.00 $61.24 $127,370
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 22,230 12.08 1.57 $63.21 $131,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 19,450 7.81 1.02 $58.17 $121,000
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 17,690 15.53 2.02 $49.72 $103,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 16,640 8.61 1.12 $48.88 $101,670


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 62,000 24.61 3.20 $71.50 $148,720
Tallahassee, FL 3,320 19.66 2.56 $45.52 $94,680
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 15,710 17.37 2.26 $56.92 $118,390
Charleston, WV 1,900 17.08 2.22 $35.15 $73,110
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 17,690 15.53 2.02 $49.72 $103,410
Bloomington, IL 1,270 14.23 1.85 $48.39 $100,650
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 15,750 14.11 1.84 $77.31 $160,810
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 8,470 14.04 1.83 $43.34 $90,140
Carson City, NV 390 13.79 1.79 $42.26 $87,890
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 10,790 13.18 1.71 $47.92 $99,670