Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
628,370 0.6 % $68.22 $141,890 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.61 $37.56 $57.33 $85.81 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $57,430 $78,130 $119,250 $178,480 (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 388,670 34.40 $71.13 $147,950
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 54,920 1.01 $49.26 $102,450
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 42,250 1.93 $43.32 $90,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 37,210 1.84 $66.35 $138,000
Management of Companies and Enterprises 17,770 0.76 $86.04 $178,970

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 388,670 34.40 $71.13 $147,950
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 42,250 1.93 $43.32 $90,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 37,210 1.84 $66.35 $138,000
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 420 1.82 $85.64 $178,140
Other Investment Pools and Funds 130 1.78 $63.38 $131,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 90 0.02 $104.53 $217,410
Support Activities for Mining 170 0.06 $102.11 $212,390
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 90 0.17 $102.06 $212,290
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 30 0.28 $98.36 $204,580
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 640 0.40 $96.32 $200,350


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 79,980 4.79 1.09 $80.87 $168,200
New York 73,560 7.99 1.81 $79.45 $165,260
Florida 47,630 5.66 1.28 $61.41 $127,730
Texas 42,870 3.61 0.82 $70.10 $145,800
District of Columbia 32,090 45.31 10.28 $91.14 $189,560




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 32,090 45.31 10.28 $91.14 $189,560
New York 73,560 7.99 1.81 $79.45 $165,260
Florida 47,630 5.66 1.28 $61.41 $127,730
Delaware 2,410 5.45 1.24 (8) (8)
New Jersey 20,730 5.17 1.17 $67.47 $140,340




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 32,090 45.31 10.28 $91.14 $189,560
California 79,980 4.79 1.09 $80.87 $168,200
New York 73,560 7.99 1.81 $79.45 $165,260
Massachusetts 17,820 5.05 1.15 $75.70 $157,450
Connecticut 7,070 4.27 0.97 $73.33 $152,540



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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 59,550 8.90 2.02 $86.28 $179,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 42,010 16.68 3.78 $85.57 $177,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 27,210 6.14 1.39 $81.83 $170,210
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 23,290 6.36 1.44 $71.28 $148,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 14,190 5.42 1.23 $71.06 $147,800
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 13,460 7.32 1.66 $81.07 $168,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,450 4.25 0.96 $84.07 $174,870
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,630 4.67 1.06 $74.27 $154,490
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 11,580 10.37 2.35 $91.18 $189,660
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 9,860 8.65 1.96 $69.10 $143,730


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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 42,010 16.68 3.78 $85.57 $177,990
Tallahassee, FL 2,240 13.30 3.02 $55.39 $115,210
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 9,520 10.52 2.39 $75.57 $157,180
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 11,580 10.37 2.35 $91.18 $189,660
Bloomington, IL 820 9.25 2.10 $59.98 $124,750
Trenton, NJ 2,050 8.93 2.03 $63.90 $132,910
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 59,550 8.90 2.02 $86.28 $179,470
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 9,860 8.65 1.96 $69.10 $143,730
Charleston, WV 960 8.64 1.96 $46.17 $96,040
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 4,720 7.83 1.78 $58.84 $122,390