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Legal Occupation Profiles


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Distinct Groups (9): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes230000.htm
Employment: 1,075,520
Mean Hourly Wage: $50.95
Mean Annual Wage: $105,980
Largest Employment Category--Lawyers—619,530
Smallest Employment Category--Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators6,300
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.  

The Legal occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about nine distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site. 

Of these nine job types, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Rapid Growth Video
Paralegals and Legal Assistants Rapid Growth  Video

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 1,075,520 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $105,980.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Legal group’s mean hourly wage of $50.95, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $105,980.

Did you know?  Three of the Top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation are in Florida: #2 Tallahassee, FL (20.31 per 1,000 jobs), #5 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (15.04 per 1,000) and #8  West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division (14.10 per 1,000).

 Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

 Lowest Paid (from the lowest) 

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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