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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Legal Occupations

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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Legal Occupations

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Legal Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s 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. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics the following jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Legal Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

Lawyers: $129,020

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.

Industries:

Legal Services: $136,540
Local Government (OES Designation): $91,040
State Government (OES Designation): $82,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $127,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $158,290

Top Paying:

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: $196,190
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures: $176,640
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing: $175,970
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers: $172,600
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $172,430

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

District of Columbia: $156,750
New York: $152,710
Delaware: $152,300
Florida: $113,380
New Jersey: $125,560

Top Paying:

District of Columbia: $156,750
New York: $152,710
Delaware: $152,300
California: $151,970
Georgia: $142,930
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Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates: $103,990

Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. Employees may sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes. Employees may determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May issue marriage licenses and perform wedding ceremonies.

Industries:

Local Government: $85,310
State Government: $123,380

Top Paying:

State Government: $123,380
Local Government: $85,310

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

West Virginia: $62,970 0.548
Ohio: $87,050
Kansas: $122,970
New York: $123,040
South Carolina: $64,610

Top Paying:

Rhode Island: $178,340
California: $168,810
Illinois: $156,710
Delaware: $131,730
New Jersey: $131,400  

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Elmira, NY: $108,270
Glens Falls, NY: $113,850
Utica-Rome, NY: $122,160
Kingston, NY: $122,840
Charleston, WV: $66,400

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $174,200
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA: $173,320
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $151,800
St. Louis, MO-IL: $146,810
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ: $137,650

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers: $87,620

Conduct hearings to decide or recommend decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters and prepare decisions. Determine penalties or the existence and the amount of liability, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims, or compromise settlements.

Industries:

State Government (OES Designation): $75,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $125,310
Local Government (OES Designation): $76,220

Top Paying:

Federal Executive Branch: $125,310
Local Government: $76,220
State Government: $75,010

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

New Hampshire: $54,700
Maine: $61,760
Oregon: $69,880
Pennsylvania: $74,610
Maryland: $117,830

Top Paying:

Maryland: $117,830
Alabama: $116,460
California: $110,370
Minnesota: $108,010
Kansas: $104,650

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA: $67,900
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA: $63,880
Baltimore-Towson, MD: $118,840
Pittsburgh, PA: $72,720
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN: $50,550

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN: $119,910
Baltimore-Towson, MD: $118,840
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division: $113,950
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA: $113,320
Kansas City, MO-KS: $109,630
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Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators: $63,250

Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.

Industries:

Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: $69,120
Local Government (OES Designation): $65,440
State Government (OES Designation): $62,860
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations: $64,710
Legal Services: $58,620
 
Top Paying:
 
Federal Executive Branch: $118,280
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $79,430
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $78,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $72,610
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: $69,120

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

District of Columbia: $76,640
West Virginia: $46,120
Massachusetts: $52,330
Maine: $52,670
Delaware: $44,930

Top Paying:

Virginia: $138,820
New Mexico: $109,880
Illinois: $83,400
California: $76,820
District of Columbia: $76,640

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Fresno, CA: $40,350
Charleston, WV: $40,880
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY : $73,410
Lansing-East Lansing, MI: $87,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $123,120

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $123,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $99,300
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $96,510
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $95,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division: $88,710

Legal Support Workers, All Other: $58,630

All legal support workers not listed separately. 

Industries:

State Government (OES Designation): $54,210
Legal Services: $47,350
Local Government (OES Designation): $47,630
Insurance Carriers: $52,560
Employment Services: $54,900

Top Paying:

 Software Publishers: $73,890
Federal Executive Branch: $71,470
Scientific Research and Development Services: $71,240
Oil and Gas Extraction: $66,640
Wired Telecommunications Carriers: $64,560

 States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Virginia: $93,290
District of Columbia: $57,940
Iowa: $44,290
Washington: $55,540
Hawaii: $48,270

Metropolitan areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Olympia, WA: $54,170
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY: $45,000
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $59,300
Jacksonville, NC: $35,290
Honolulu, HI: $48,150

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $89,660 
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: $69,710
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division: $64,990
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division: $61,920
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA: $61,220 

Top Paying:

Virginia: $93,290
New Jersey: $59,520
District of Columbia: $57,940
Connecticut: $57,600
California: $57,590
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Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Copyright Information: “The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a Federal government agency and everything that we publish, both in hard copy and electronically, is in the public domain, except for previously copyrighted photographs and illustrations. You are free to use our public domain material without specific permission, although we do ask that you cite the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the source.” 

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