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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 ; 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)
1,150,780 0.5 % $52.71 $109,630 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.33 $25.82 $39.34 $69.12 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $38,130 $53,710 $81,820 $143,780 (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 692,320 60.41 $52.72 $109,660
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 102,760 1.85 $43.49 $90,470
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 92,860 4.27 $44.83 $93,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 72,400 3.60 $55.80 $116,060
Insurance Carriers 29,420 2.46 $44.35 $92,250

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 692,320 60.41 $52.72 $109,660
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 92,860 4.27 $44.83 $93,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 72,400 3.60 $55.80 $116,060
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 790 3.59 $62.90 $130,820
Insurance Carriers 29,420 2.46 $44.35 $92,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 610 0.39 $91.87 $191,080
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 80 0.08 $90.04 $187,280
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 170 0.89 $89.82 $186,830
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 100 0.03 $88.84 $184,800
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 260 0.49 $88.01 $183,050


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 137,550 7.91 1.01 $63.56 $132,200
New York 116,130 12.19 1.56 $65.60 $136,450
Florida 89,680 10.20 1.30 $46.02 $95,730
Texas 86,420 6.95 0.89 $49.65 $103,280
Illinois 50,060 8.31 1.06 $59.46 $123,690




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 39,610 54.75 6.99 $80.90 $168,280
New York 116,130 12.19 1.56 $65.60 $136,450
Delaware 4,700 10.40 1.33 $62.16 $129,290
Florida 89,680 10.20 1.30 $46.02 $95,730
Maryland 25,440 9.42 1.20 $47.55 $98,910




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 39,610 54.75 6.99 $80.90 $168,280
New York 116,130 12.19 1.56 $65.60 $136,450
California 137,550 7.91 1.01 $63.56 $132,200
Massachusetts 29,610 8.18 1.04 $63.22 $131,500
Delaware 4,700 10.40 1.33 $62.16 $129,290





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 118,650 12.29 1.57 $68.17 $141,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 68,860 21.66 2.76 $69.87 $145,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 62,030 9.94 1.27 $63.86 $132,820
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 43,560 9.32 1.19 $61.63 $128,190
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 35,550 13.45 1.72 $52.87 $109,980
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30,680 10.67 1.36 $56.89 $118,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 26,900 7.36 0.94 $53.44 $111,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 26,650 9.72 1.24 $50.47 $104,980
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 25,900 9.26 1.18 $65.79 $136,840
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 25,540 10.33 1.32 $72.09 $149,940