Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Excludes "Legal Secretaries" (43-6012).


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)
290,410 1.1 % $25.92 $53,910 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.97 $18.57 $24.24 $31.10 $39.03
Annual Wage (2) $31,130 $38,630 $50,410 $64,680 $81,180


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 221,310 19.59 $24.95 $51,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 13,110 0.65 $33.21 $69,090
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 13,080 0.24 $25.46 $52,960
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,760 0.45 $23.31 $48,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6,440 0.28 $32.24 $67,060

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 221,310 19.59 $24.95 $51,890
Other Investment Pools and Funds 90 1.22 $25.86 $53,790
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 190 0.84 $30.44 $63,310
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 13,110 0.65 $33.21 $69,090
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,760 0.45 $23.31 $48,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 140 0.04 $41.53 $86,380
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 60 0.01 $39.56 $82,280
Software Publishers 280 0.08 $39.28 $81,700
Natural Gas Distribution 90 0.08 $38.92 $80,950
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing (8) (8) $38.05 $79,150


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 30,790 1.84 0.91 $28.71 $59,720
Florida 27,460 3.26 1.60 $23.61 $49,110
New York 24,240 2.63 1.29 $27.89 $58,000
Texas 22,730 1.91 0.94 $26.41 $54,940
Illinois 12,070 2.04 1.00 $27.40 $56,990




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 5,260 7.42 3.64 $37.67 $78,350
Florida 27,460 3.26 1.60 $23.61 $49,110
Connecticut 5,110 3.09 1.52 $28.92 $60,150
Delaware 1,350 3.06 1.50 $26.50 $55,120
West Virginia 2,050 2.98 1.46 $20.99 $43,650




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 5,260 7.42 3.64 $37.67 $78,350
Alaska 550 1.71 0.84 $30.22 $62,860
New Jersey 8,060 2.01 0.99 $29.64 $61,650
Washington 5,490 1.72 0.85 $28.98 $60,280
Connecticut 5,110 3.09 1.52 $28.92 $60,150



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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 17,700 2.64 1.30 $29.48 $61,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,360 2.34 1.15 $25.78 $53,630
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 9,530 2.60 1.28 $28.29 $58,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,050 3.59 1.76 $34.62 $72,010
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,680 2.55 1.25 $26.49 $55,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,920 2.02 0.99 $29.70 $61,770
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,250 2.85 1.40 $28.71 $59,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,040 2.02 0.99 $31.00 $64,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,810 5.32 2.61 $27.76 $57,750
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,660 2.35 1.15 $24.65 $51,270


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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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,810 5.32 2.61 $27.76 $57,750
Columbia, SC 1,890 5.11 2.51 $21.44 $44,600
Charleston, WV 550 4.91 2.41 $21.41 $44,520
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 2,880 4.78 2.34 $23.65 $49,180
New Bern, NC 200 4.63 2.27 $21.64 $45,000
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 310 4.26 2.09 $20.59 $42,830
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,250 4.07 2.00 $25.88 $53,830
Tyler, TX 400 3.98 1.95 $19.03 $39,580
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,300 3.96 1.94 $29.52 $61,400
Tallahassee, FL 660 3.90 1.91 $20.90 $43,480