Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

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2019 Workforce
60.2k
Average Age
50.6
Estimated Job Growth
−22.1%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$48,447
Average Male Salary
$59,004
Average Female Salary
$47,884

About

Legal secretaries and administrative assistants are most often employed by the Legal services industry. The average yearly wage for Legal secretaries and administrative assistants was $48,447 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Legal secretaries and administrative assistants by wage are Dietitians & nutritionists, Librarians and media collections specialists, and Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Legal secretaries and administrative assistants are Canarsie & Flatlands PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants are Canarsie & Flatlands PUMA, NY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Legal secretaries and administrative assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Legal services is the industry that employs the most Legal secretaries and administrative assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Legal secretaries and administrative assistants, by average wage, is Other general government & support. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants are paid most in Bowie City, Kettering, Largo, Mitchellville & Lanham PUMA, MD but are relatively concentrated in Canarsie & Flatlands PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,447
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,464

In 2019, Legal secretaries and administrative assistants earned an average of $48,447, $7,077 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Dietitians & nutritionists make somewhat more than Legal secretaries and administrative assistants while Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Legal secretaries and administrative assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.278
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Legal secretaries and administrative assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.278, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Legal secretaries and administrative assistants (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 secretaries and administrative assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

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

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Legal secretaries and administrative assistants, by average wage, are Other general government & support, Insurance carriers, and Legal services.

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Industries by Share

60.2k
2019 Workforce
± 6,023
−4.33%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 14.6%

The number of people employed as Legal secretaries and administrative assistants has been declining at a rate of −4.33%, from 62,932 people in 2018 to 60,204 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants employed by various industries. Legal services employs the largest share of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants at  78.9%, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 9.08% and Administration of human resource programs with 1.29%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Legal secretaries and administrative assistants in the US. The average age of male Legal secretaries and administrative assistants in the workforce is 44.8 and of female Legal secretaries and administrative assistants is 50.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Legal secretaries and administrative assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

3.05k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 1,356
57.2k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,868

94.9% of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

67.1% of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12% of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants.

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Age by Gender

44.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 6.22
50.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.37

The median age of Legal secretaries and administrative assistants is 50.6, and Male employees are generally 6.06 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants are expected to see a growth of −22.1% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−22.1%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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