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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

23-1011 Lawyers

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.


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)
657,170 0.7 % $69.86 $145,300 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.69 $38.92 $59.11 $89.59 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $59,670 $80,950 $122,960 $186,350 (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 403,110 35.18 $72.31 $150,410
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 57,510 1.04 $51.44 $106,990
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 44,270 2.03 $45.21 $94,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 38,020 1.89 $67.17 $139,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises 20,530 0.83 $86.91 $180,780

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 403,110 35.18 $72.31 $150,410
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 560 2.55 $76.58 $159,280
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 44,270 2.03 $45.21 $94,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 38,020 1.89 $67.17 $139,720
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,990 1.34 $53.64 $111,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 190 0.35 $108.16 $224,970
Motion Picture and Video Industries 430 0.10 $104.23 $216,800
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 80 0.02 $103.77 $215,850
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 530 0.33 $101.11 $210,310
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.07 $99.94 $207,880


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 83,750 4.82 1.08 $83.64 $173,970
New York 77,060 8.09 1.81 $81.14 $168,780
Florida 47,900 5.45 1.22 $62.50 $130,010
Texas 44,700 3.60 0.80 $69.28 $144,110
Illinois 31,270 5.19 1.16 $75.49 $157,010




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 30,960 42.79 9.56 $92.39 $192,180
New York 77,060 8.09 1.81 $81.14 $168,780
Delaware 2,600 5.76 1.29 (8) (8)
Florida 47,900 5.45 1.22 $62.50 $130,010
Colorado 14,320 5.35 1.19 $72.42 $150,630




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 30,960 42.79 9.56 $92.39 $192,180
California 83,750 4.82 1.08 $83.64 $173,970
New York 77,060 8.09 1.81 $81.14 $168,780
Massachusetts 18,750 5.18 1.16 $79.23 $164,800
Illinois 31,270 5.19 1.16 $75.49 $157,010





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 82,110 8.50 1.90 $84.00 $174,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 44,090 13.87 3.10 $86.34 $179,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 37,970 6.09 1.36 $85.80 $178,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 27,790 5.94 1.33 $78.12 $162,490
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 19,810 7.50 1.68 $72.28 $150,340
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 18,330 6.37 1.42 $75.42 $156,870
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 16,750 6.78 1.51 $90.82 $188,910
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 16,720 5.98 1.34 $81.69 $169,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 15,540 5.66 1.27 $65.79 $136,850
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,620 4.00 0.89 $72.65 $151,100