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