Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
191,200 1.5 % $23.03 $47,900 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.97 $16.11 $21.24 $28.56 $36.31
Annual Wage (2) $26,970 $33,510 $44,180 $59,410 $75,530


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 161,590 14.39 $23.15 $48,140
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,770 0.20 $21.27 $44,240
State Government (OES Designation) 8,880 0.41 $21.33 $44,370
Employment Services 1,710 0.05 $21.51 $44,740
Insurance Carriers 1,620 0.14 $25.90 $53,860

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 161,590 14.39 $23.15 $48,140
Other Investment Pools and Funds 70 1.19 $21.18 $44,050
State Government (OES Designation) 8,880 0.41 $21.33 $44,370
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,770 0.20 $21.27 $44,240
Insurance Carriers 1,620 0.14 $25.90 $53,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $36.55 $76,030
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 50 0.01 $30.83 $64,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50 (7) $29.94 $62,270
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 40 0.01 $29.21 $60,750
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 30 (7) $29.11 $60,540


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 28,750 1.80 1.32 $26.20 $54,500
New York 14,840 1.63 1.20 $30.31 $63,050
Texas 14,010 1.19 0.88 $21.53 $44,790
Florida 10,410 1.27 0.93 $20.25 $42,130
Pennsylvania 9,630 1.68 1.23 $22.09 $45,940




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 4,290 6.10 4.48 $39.22 $81,590
New Jersey 8,990 2.27 1.67 $22.63 $47,070
Alabama 3,960 2.07 1.52 $18.48 $38,430
Delaware 880 2.00 1.47 $25.84 $53,750
New Mexico 1,550 1.92 1.41 $17.74 $36,900




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 4,290 6.10 4.48 $39.22 $81,590
New York 14,840 1.63 1.20 $30.31 $63,050
California 28,750 1.80 1.32 $26.20 $54,500
Delaware 880 2.00 1.47 $25.84 $53,750
Massachusetts 4,220 1.22 0.90 $25.71 $53,480





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 12,730 1.93 1.42 $30.58 $63,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,280 2.67 1.96 $26.60 $55,340
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,690 1.84 1.35 $23.74 $49,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,680 2.28 1.67 $35.92 $74,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,960 1.63 1.20 $25.08 $52,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,910 4.39 3.22 $23.70 $49,300
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,510 2.24 1.65 $23.73 $49,370
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 3,430 2.96 2.17 $23.03 $47,900
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,310 1.13 0.83 $23.26 $48,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,830 1.11 0.81 $23.46 $48,790