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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
176,880 1.5 % $24.06 $50,040 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.43 $16.83 $22.29 $29.83 $37.63
Annual Wage (2) $27,920 $35,000 $46,360 $62,060 $78,280


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 148,210 13.02 $24.14 $50,220
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 10,000 0.18 $22.86 $47,540
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,570 0.39 $22.24 $46,250
Employment Services 1,320 0.04 $24.60 $51,170
Insurance Carriers 1,310 0.11 $25.89 $53,850

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 148,210 13.02 $24.14 $50,220
Other Investment Pools and Funds 60 0.70 $26.44 $54,990
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,570 0.39 $22.24 $46,250
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 10,000 0.18 $22.86 $47,540
Insurance Carriers 1,310 0.11 $25.89 $53,850

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 120 0.02 $42.26 $87,890
Other Information Services 50 0.02 $33.88 $70,470
Real Estate (8) (8) $32.15 $66,860
Telecommunications 140 0.02 $31.10 $64,680
Rail Transportation 60 0.03 $30.24 $62,890


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 26,220 1.54 1.26 $27.20 $56,570
New York 15,440 1.64 1.35 $26.89 $55,920
Texas 12,990 1.07 0.88 $22.32 $46,430
Florida 9,460 1.10 0.90 $21.90 $45,550
New Jersey 9,020 2.23 1.82 $24.36 $50,660




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 3,540 4.97 4.07 $41.44 $86,190
Rhode Island 1,120 2.32 1.90 $23.18 $48,220
Delaware 1,010 2.25 1.84 $25.13 $52,270
New Mexico 1,820 2.24 1.83 $18.10 $37,640
New Jersey 9,020 2.23 1.82 $24.36 $50,660




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 3,540 4.97 4.07 $41.44 $86,190
Massachusetts 3,920 1.10 0.90 $28.38 $59,020
California 26,220 1.54 1.26 $27.20 $56,570
New York 15,440 1.64 1.35 $26.89 $55,920
Washington 2,780 0.85 0.70 $26.25 $54,590





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 18,790 1.98 1.62 $27.18 $56,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,190 1.99 1.63 $26.82 $55,790
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,160 1.33 1.09 $26.15 $54,380
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,520 1.94 1.58 $26.25 $54,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,100 1.63 1.33 $36.51 $75,930
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,200 1.62 1.33 $23.49 $48,850
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,990 1.12 0.92 $27.34 $56,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,680 1.23 1.01 $22.04 $45,840
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,540 1.46 1.20 $33.39 $69,440
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,100 1.57 1.28 $23.10 $48,040