Legal services

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Workforce
1.14M
2018 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
45.2
Estimated Job Growth
0.1%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$107,076
Average Male Salary
$153,174
Average Female Salary
$75,766

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The top three occupations in the Legal services Industry Group are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Paralegals & legal assistants, Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, Legal secretaries and administrative assistants, and Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers. On average, full-time employees in the Legal services Industry Group work 45 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $117,490. Part-time employees in the same industry work 21.3 hours and earn an average annual salary of $42,145.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Legal services Industry Group are District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC, District of Columbia (West) PUMA, DC, and Near North Side, Loop & Near South Side PUMA, IL. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Legal services.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Legal services Industry Group. Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers are the most common position, but the Legal services Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Legal services goes to Chief executives & legislators.

Monthly Employment

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Y-Axis
-2.95%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 891k people employed in the Legal Services industry. This represents a -2.95% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

This chart shows monthly employment numbers for Legal Services over time (non-seasonally adjusted).

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

1.14M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 1.46M
-1.27%
1 Year Growth
± 2.89%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 1.14M people employed in the Legal services Industry Group in 2018.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Legal services Industry Group has been declining at a rate of -1.27%, , from 1.47M people in 2018 to 1.46M people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Legal services by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers represent the largest share of positions held in Legal services at 44.2%, followed by Paralegals & legal assistants with 23% and Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive with 4.3%.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Legal services, by average wage, are Chief executives & legislators, Sales managers, and Public relations specialists.

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Wages

Average Salary

$107,076
AVERAGE WAGE
± $2,548

On average, employees in the Legal services Industry Group make $107,076 per year. This number makes Legal services the 8 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Legal services Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.503
WAGE GINI

Legal services has a wage GINI of 0.503, which is more than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Legal services (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Legal services Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Legal services Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Legal services Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Legal services Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $153,174 and $75,766. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

867k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±22.8k
589k
MALE WORKFORCE
±18.8k

59.6% of workers in the Legal services Industry Group are Female, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Legal services Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$153,174
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$4,870
$75,766
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$2,384

On average, Male workers in the Legal services Industry Group make 2.02 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Legal services Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. White
  2. Asian
  3. Two or More Races

On average, White employees in the Legal services Industry Group earn 1.05 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Legal services Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Legal services Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Legal services Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Legal services Industry Group is Professional and business services.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Legal services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Legal services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.

The Legal services Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Legal services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.

The Professional and business services Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Legal services Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Legal services Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the legal services industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 6.89% in the next ten years. The legal services industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 0.1%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (0.8%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (22.9%).

Job Growth

0.1%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for the legal services industry.

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Output Growth

0.8%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in output of the legal services industry.

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