Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
619,530 0.7 % $67.25 $139,880 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.36 $37.30 $56.81 $84.89 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $56,910 $77,580 $118,160 $176,580 (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 382,730 34.08 $69.97 $145,540
Local Government (OES Designation) 53,640 1.00 $48.53 $100,940
State Government (OES Designation) 41,340 1.89 $44.87 $93,320
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 36,510 1.81 $65.31 $135,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises 17,910 0.78 $86.37 $179,640

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 382,730 34.08 $69.97 $145,540
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 100 2.18 $93.41 $194,290
State Government (OES Designation) 41,340 1.89 $44.87 $93,320
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 36,510 1.81 $65.31 $135,840
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,250 1.24 $86.19 $179,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 100 0.02 $103.19 $214,630
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.05 $100.49 $209,020
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.02 $98.80 $205,500
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 570 0.15 $94.41 $196,380
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 80 0.14 $93.88 $195,270


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 76,840 4.81 1.09 $77.89 $162,010
New York 72,760 8.00 1.81 $77.53 $161,260
Florida 47,590 5.79 1.31 $63.46 $131,990
Texas 43,240 3.68 0.83 $71.83 $149,400
District of Columbia 31,470 44.81 10.16 $87.89 $182,810




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 31,470 44.81 10.16 $87.89 $182,810
New York 72,760 8.00 1.81 $77.53 $161,260
Delaware 2,590 5.87 1.33 $75.77 $157,610
Florida 47,590 5.79 1.31 $63.46 $131,990
Illinois 30,250 5.12 1.16 $62.05 $129,070




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 31,470 44.81 10.16 $87.89 $182,810
California 76,840 4.81 1.09 $77.89 $162,010
New York 72,760 8.00 1.81 $77.53 $161,260
Massachusetts 17,440 5.04 1.14 $76.33 $158,760
Delaware 2,590 5.87 1.33 $75.77 $157,610





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 58,900 8.94 2.03 $84.30 $175,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 41,520 16.67 3.78 $83.56 $173,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 25,410 6.02 1.36 $80.14 $166,680
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 23,100 6.35 1.44 $64.52 $134,200
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 13,340 7.40 1.68 $82.06 $170,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 13,160 5.15 1.17 $69.55 $144,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,750 4.34 0.98 $84.32 $175,380
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 11,750 11.01 2.50 $88.41 $183,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,060 4.55 1.03 $77.64 $161,490
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 9,940 11.17 2.53 $69.54 $144,650