Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
642,750 0.6 % $69.34 $144,230 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.99 $38.06 $58.13 $87.74 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $58,220 $79,160 $120,910 $182,490 (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 397,620 34.94 $72.21 $150,200
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 56,320 1.03 $51.02 $106,120
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 43,380 1.99 $44.36 $92,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 37,000 1.84 $67.69 $140,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises 19,180 0.81 $85.62 $178,090

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 397,620 34.94 $72.21 $150,200
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 550 2.46 $74.12 $154,160
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 43,380 1.99 $44.36 $92,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 37,000 1.84 $67.69 $140,790
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 70 1.33 $66.42 $138,160

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 110 0.21 $112.65 $234,310
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.34 $103.70 $215,700
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 120 0.05 $98.85 $205,610
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 530 0.34 $98.42 $204,710
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 30 0.03 $96.56 $200,830


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 82,180 4.83 1.09 $82.48 $171,550
New York 76,840 8.19 1.84 $80.34 $167,110
Florida 47,280 5.49 1.24 $61.98 $128,920
Texas 42,590 3.52 0.79 $72.24 $150,250
District of Columbia 31,680 44.47 10.01 $92.56 $192,530




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 31,680 44.47 10.01 $92.56 $192,530
New York 76,840 8.19 1.84 $80.34 $167,110
Florida 47,280 5.49 1.24 $61.98 $128,920
Delaware 2,390 5.33 1.20 (8) (8)
Illinois 31,260 5.22 1.17 $73.55 $152,980




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 31,680 44.47 10.01 $92.56 $192,530
California 82,180 4.83 1.09 $82.48 $171,550
New York 76,840 8.19 1.84 $80.34 $167,110
Massachusetts 18,420 5.16 1.16 $79.62 $165,610
Connecticut 7,270 4.38 0.99 $73.87 $153,640





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 80,900 8.52 1.92 $82.70 $172,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 43,900 14.00 3.15 $86.53 $179,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 37,320 6.10 1.37 $84.63 $176,020
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 26,860 5.79 1.30 $76.87 $159,900
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 20,140 7.78 1.75 $69.92 $145,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 18,280 6.42 1.44 $73.12 $152,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 16,490 6.82 1.53 $88.01 $183,070
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 16,460 5.97 1.34 $82.08 $170,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 15,920 5.94 1.34 $65.81 $136,890
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 13,810 3.87 0.87 $77.34 $160,860