Legal Occupation Profiles

The Legal occupation profiles include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.

Examine your options in the legal field. Find paralegal programs, law schools, and lawyer jobs both nationwide or in your home state.

Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 1,003,270 employed in the Legal occupational group earning the mean annual income of $92,270.

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What’s Hot: The creator of such hit television series The Practice and Boston Legal, which helped convert lawyers into flashy stars, David Kelly would be proud. Over 550,000 “Lawyers” average $124,750 and “Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates” rank second on the Best Paid List at $100,450 in the Legal group. Perry Mason would also be amazed that “Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers” average $80,870.

What’s Not:Law Clerks,” who’ve been known to research and write a lot of judicial opinion, are actually first on the Least Paid list at $40,580 as they await their recruitment to the top-paying law firms. “Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers” are second on this list $42,090, and (unlike the Law Clerks) may be asking “where do we go from here?”

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.