Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
228,700 1.3 % $20.80 $43,270 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.66 $15.52 $19.95 $25.34 $30.95
Annual Wage (2) $26,340 $32,280 $41,500 $52,710 $64,380


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 198,820 17.78 $20.86 $43,390
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,660 0.21 $18.94 $39,400
State Government (OES Designation) 8,050 0.35 $19.51 $40,590
Insurance Carriers 2,170 0.18 $22.74 $47,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,930 0.10 $26.14 $54,370

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 198,820 17.78 $20.86 $43,390
Other Investment Pools and Funds 170 0.46 $19.86 $41,300
State Government (OES Designation) 8,050 0.35 $19.51 $40,590
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 60 0.24 $25.34 $52,700
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,660 0.21 $18.94 $39,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.04 $31.82 $66,180
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 40 0.01 $26.87 $55,880
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 40 0.01 $26.26 $54,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,930 0.10 $26.14 $54,370
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 280 0.06 $25.38 $52,790


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 29,230 2.09 1.16 $24.01 $49,940
New York 21,890 2.62 1.46 $23.33 $48,530
Florida 14,410 2.03 1.13 $19.30 $40,140
Texas 13,560 1.34 0.75 $20.72 $43,090
Illinois 13,040 2.36 1.31 $21.04 $43,760




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 5,660 8.86 4.92 $29.21 $60,750
New Jersey 11,180 2.97 1.65 $21.85 $45,460
Delaware 1,130 2.83 1.57 $24.17 $50,280
Rhode Island 1,250 2.80 1.55 $19.79 $41,160
New York 21,890 2.62 1.46 $23.33 $48,530




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 5,660 8.86 4.92 $29.21 $60,750
Delaware 1,130 2.83 1.57 $24.17 $50,280
California 29,230 2.09 1.16 $24.01 $49,940
Colorado 3,070 1.42 0.79 $23.98 $49,870
Connecticut 1,960 1.23 0.68 $23.73 $49,350

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,330 3.08 1.71 $24.70 $51,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,370 2.72 1.51 $24.19 $50,310
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 9,810 2.77 1.54 $22.04 $45,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,530 3.29 1.83 $27.33 $56,850
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,030 3.34 1.86 $22.79 $47,410
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,240 4.45 2.47 $22.93 $47,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,240 2.56 1.42 $25.03 $52,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,890 1.94 1.08 $23.62 $49,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,720 1.69 0.94 $23.04 $47,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,530 2.11 1.17 $22.73 $47,270




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Topeka, KS 550 5.15 2.86 $12.52 $26,030
Monroe, LA 340 4.54 2.53 $14.75 $30,680
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,240 4.45 2.47 $22.93 $47,700
Bismarck, ND 280 4.45 2.47 $15.79 $32,850
Charleston, WV 560 3.93 2.18 $19.33 $40,210
Yuba City, CA 130 3.62 2.01 $19.46 $40,480
Wheeling, WV-OH 220 3.51 1.95 $16.34 $34,000
Rapid City, SD 200 3.44 1.91 $11.32 $23,540
Albany, GA 200 3.41 1.90 $14.56 $30,280
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,030 3.34 1.86 $22.79 $47,410