Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

43-6012 Legal Secretaries

Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.


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)
185,870 1.5 % $23.37 $48,600 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.02 $16.25 $21.51 $29.04 $36.78
Annual Wage (2) $27,080 $33,800 $44,730 $60,390 $76,500


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 156,970 13.89 $23.43 $48,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 10,330 0.19 $22.17 $46,110
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,470 0.39 $21.85 $45,440
Insurance Carriers 1,600 0.14 $25.52 $53,080
Employment Services 1,430 0.04 $22.79 $47,400

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 156,970 13.89 $23.43 $48,740
Other Investment Pools and Funds 40 0.52 $18.49 $38,450
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,470 0.39 $21.85 $45,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 10,330 0.19 $22.17 $46,110
Insurance Carriers 1,600 0.14 $25.52 $53,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 0.03 $36.93 $76,820
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 30 0.01 $31.41 $65,330
Telecommunications 150 0.02 $30.37 $63,180
Rail Transportation 70 0.03 $30.22 $62,860
Real Estate 160 0.01 $28.24 $58,730


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 27,850 1.67 1.28 $26.41 $54,940
New York 16,500 1.79 1.37 $28.09 $58,430
Texas 14,300 1.20 0.92 $20.85 $43,370
Illinois 10,080 1.70 1.30 $23.40 $48,670
Florida 8,980 1.07 0.82 $20.82 $43,310




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 4,140 5.85 4.48 $40.45 $84,140
New Mexico 1,760 2.20 1.68 $17.23 $35,840
New Jersey 8,540 2.13 1.64 $22.85 $47,520
Delaware 850 1.93 1.48 $25.30 $52,630
Alabama 3,710 1.93 1.48 $19.47 $40,490




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 4,140 5.85 4.48 $40.45 $84,140
New York 16,500 1.79 1.37 $28.09 $58,430
California 27,850 1.67 1.28 $26.41 $54,940
Massachusetts 3,920 1.11 0.85 $25.58 $53,200
Minnesota 3,520 1.24 0.95 $25.43 $52,890



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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 13,050 1.95 1.49 $29.26 $60,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,290 2.32 1.78 $26.26 $54,620
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,360 2.01 1.54 $25.06 $52,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,440 2.16 1.66 $36.58 $76,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,840 1.54 1.18 $24.46 $50,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,560 1.21 0.93 $21.87 $45,490
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,360 2.88 2.21 $23.38 $48,630
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,250 2.01 1.54 $24.58 $51,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,960 1.13 0.87 $24.38 $50,720
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,930 2.04 1.57 $24.92 $51,830


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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)
Missoula, MT 210 3.54 2.71 $15.63 $32,500
Santa Fe, NM 210 3.40 2.61 $20.89 $43,460
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 370 3.36 2.58 $22.19 $46,150
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 120 3.18 2.44 $19.61 $40,790
Great Falls, MT 110 3.15 2.41 $15.96 $33,200
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,820 3.12 2.39 $25.94 $53,960
Alexandria, LA 180 2.97 2.28 $17.57 $36,540
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 1,470 2.91 2.23 $22.64 $47,080
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,360 2.88 2.21 $23.38 $48,630
Charleston, WV 320 2.88 2.21 $18.10 $37,660