Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

23-1011 Lawyers

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, and 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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
512,070 1.3 % $51.56 $107,250 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.86 $30.12 $44.58 $67.66 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $45,470 $62,640 $92,730 $140,730 (5)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Legal services 345,680 $54.38 $113,120
Local government (OES designation) 47,330 $37.05 $77,070
State government (OES designation) 32,230 $34.14 $71,010
Federal government (OES designation) 24,190 $48.82 $101,540
Management of companies and enterprises 10,070 $64.49 $134,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 260 $82.41 $171,410
Computer systems design and related services (7) $79.90 $166,200
Agents and managers for public figures 40 $78.22 $162,700
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers 160 $75.61 $157,260
Commercial and service industry machinery 50 $74.77 $155,520

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 24,830 $60.53 $125,910 4.172%
New York 59,510 $57.23 $119,030 0.723%
Massachusetts 15,710 $52.68 $109,580 0.502%
Florida 35,770 $50.90 $105,870 0.496%
New Jersey 19,170 $54.25 $112,830 0.494%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 54,580 $61.75 $128,440 0.377%
District of Columbia 24,830 $60.53 $125,910 4.172%
Utah 3,250 $58.23 $121,120 0.311%
New York 59,510 $57.23 $119,030 0.723%
Missouri 8,690 $56.58 $117,680 0.331%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 35,620 $56.68 $117,900 1.317%
Tallahassee, FL MSA 1,690 $42.01 $87,370 1.114%
New York, NY PMSA 42,860 $61.59 $128,120 1.086%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 2,000 $55.47 $115,380 0.922%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 8,230 $68.77 $143,040 0.854%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,770 $74.75 $155,470 0.441%
Naples, FL MSA 470 $72.22 $150,220 0.410%
Danbury, CT PMSA 240 $71.75 $149,240 0.268%
Laredo, TX MSA 110 $68.94 $143,400 0.144%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 8,230 $68.77 $143,040 0.854%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This percentile wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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