Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

43-6012 Legal Secretaries

Perform secretarial duties utilizing 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
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)
261,560 2.1 % $18.69 $38,870 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.24 $14.16 $17.97 $22.75 $27.49
Annual Wage (2) $23,380 $29,450 $37,390 $47,310 $57,180

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 226,710 $18.78 $39,070
Local government (OES designation) 14,040 $16.86 $35,070
State government (OES designation) 7,260 $17.25 $35,880
Insurance carriers 2,910 $19.81 $41,210
Employment services 2,760 $18.89 $39,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Software publishers 40 $30.07 $62,550
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 50 $24.78 $51,540
Other support services (7) $22.68 $47,170
Scientific research and development services 40 $22.37 $46,520
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 60 $22.33 $46,450

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 6,900 $25.84 $53,750 1.132%
New Jersey 13,350 $19.72 $41,020 0.342%
Delaware 1,350 $18.97 $39,450 0.326%
New York 23,320 $22.31 $46,410 0.281%
Louisiana 4,670 $14.86 $30,910 0.250%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 6,900 $25.84 $53,750 1.132%
Alaska 250 $22.34 $46,460 0.085%
New York 23,320 $22.31 $46,410 0.281%
California 34,650 $21.88 $45,510 0.237%
Massachusetts 7,310 $20.80 $43,270 0.234%

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
Jackson, MS MSA 1,250 $18.20 $37,850 0.574%
Newark, NJ PMSA 5,080 $21.71 $45,160 0.525%
Jacksonville, NC MSA 170 $11.87 $24,680 0.429%
Miami, FL PMSA 4,210 $17.78 $36,980 0.423%
New Orleans, LA MSA 2,430 $15.59 $32,430 0.400%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 3,650 $27.14 $56,460 0.384%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,840 $25.96 $54,000 0.216%
New York, NY PMSA 14,430 $25.08 $52,160 0.360%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 9,110 $24.38 $50,700 0.325%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 220 $24.05 $50,020 0.104%

About November 2004 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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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