Legal Occupations

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Total Workforce

1.54M

Average Age

45.3

Estimated Job Growth

9.05%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$120,848

Average Male Salary

$160,157

Average Female Salary

$87,991

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Legal Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Legal services is the industry that employs the most Legal Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Legal Occupations, by average wage, is Soap, cleaning compound, & cosmetics manufacturing . Legal Occupations are paid most in Plainfield City & Westfield Town (South) PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$120,848

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,505

In 2017, Legal Occupations earned an average of $120,848, $68,783 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Legal Occupations are the highest paid occupation in the US followed by Management occupations. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Legal Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.468

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Legal Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.468, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Legal Occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Legal Occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Legal Occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Legal Occupations, by number of employees, are Legal services, Justice, public order, & safety activities , and Insurance carriers & related activities.

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Industries by Share

1.54M

2017 Workforce

± 30,323

-0.233%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.79%

The number of people employed as Legal Occupations has been declining at a rate of -0.233%, from 1,545,179 people in 2016 to 1,541,576 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Legal Occupations employed by various industries. Legal services employs the largest share of Legal Occupations at  62.9%, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 10.7% and Insurance carriers & related activities with 3.1%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Legal Occupations in the US. The average age of male Legal Occupations in the workforce is 47.4 and of female Legal Occupations is 43.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Legal Occupations is White.

Gender Composition

702k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 20,520

840k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 22,434

54.5% of Legal Occupations are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Legal Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Legal Occupations

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

84.2% of Legal Occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.75% of Legal Occupations, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Legal Occupations.

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Age by Gender

47.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.411

43.6

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.332

The median age of Legal Occupations is 45.3, and Male employees are generally 3.79 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Legal Occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Legal Occupations is Social Sciences but a relatively high number of Legal Occupations hold a major in Legal.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Legal Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Legal Occupations need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Legal Occupations need more than the average amount of Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Active Listening.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Legal Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Legal Occupations are expected to see a growth of 9.05% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

9.05%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Legal Occupations. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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