Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005

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)
265,000 1.6 % $18.78 $39,070 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.24 $14.12 $18.15 $22.91 $27.65
Annual Wage (2) $23,380 $29,370 $37,750 $47,650 $57,510

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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Legal services 230,200 $18.87 $39,250
Local government (OES designation) 13,940 $16.97 $35,290
State government (OES designation) 7,270 $17.51 $36,430
Employment services 3,040 $18.96 $39,450
Insurance carriers 2,730 $20.47 $42,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Software publishers 40 $30.31 $63,040
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 70 $25.87 $53,820
Radio and television broadcasting 30 $24.69 $51,350
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 40 $24.10 $50,130
Scientific research and development services 70 $23.91 $49,730

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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 6,830 $26.55 $55,220 1.117%
New Jersey 13,520 $20.14 $41,890 0.345%
New York 24,450 $21.57 $44,860 0.293%
Delaware 1,150 $19.40 $40,360 0.275%
Florida 19,260 $16.99 $35,350 0.253%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 6,830 $26.55 $55,220 1.117%
California 36,500 $22.14 $46,050 0.248%
New York 24,450 $21.57 $44,860 0.293%
Massachusetts 7,540 $20.91 $43,490 0.240%
Minnesota 3,890 $20.45 $42,530 0.148%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 5,080 $22.35 $46,490 0.511%
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,350 $17.68 $36,780 0.433%
Charleston, WV 610 $15.42 $32,070 0.431%
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,020 $27.11 $56,400 0.423%
Jackson, MS 930 $18.45 $38,370 0.398%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,670 $29.51 $61,370 0.193%
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 4,020 $27.11 $56,400 0.423%
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,020 $25.95 $53,970 0.359%
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) $24.18 $50,290 (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,150 $23.18 $48,210 0.164%

About May 2005 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2005 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: May 24, 2006

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