Legal Occupations

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2019 Workforce
1.65M
Average Age
45.5
Average Salary
$124,343
Average Male Salary
$162,361
Average Female Salary
$93,205

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 Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Legal Occupations are paid most in Plainfield City & Westfield Town (South) PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in District of Columbia (West) PUMA, DC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$124,343
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,486

In 2019, Legal Occupations earned an average of $124,343, $68,819 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

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

0.47
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Legal Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.47, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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Industries by Share

1.65M
2019 Workforce
± 31,354
4.16%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.61%

The number of people employed as Legal Occupations has been growing at a rate of 4.16%, from 1,583,077 people in 2018 to 1,648,863 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Legal Occupations employed by various industries. Legal services employs the largest share of Legal Occupations at  62.7%, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 11.1% and Insurance carriers with 2.84%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Legal Occupations in the US. The average age of male Legal Occupations in the workforce is 47.2 and of female Legal Occupations is 44, and the most common race/ethnicity for Legal Occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

742k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 21,102
906k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 23,305

55% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

75% of Legal Occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.4% of Legal Occupations, White (Hispanic) 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

47.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.411
44
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.328

The median age of Legal Occupations is 45.5, and Male employees are generally 3.23 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 Active Listening and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Legal Occupations need more than the average amount of Negotiation, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking.

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