Employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 116,200 new jobs. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, there is expected to be strong demand to hire many more paralegals and legal assistants. Additionally, the demand for lawyers is expected to continue as individuals, businesses, and governments require legal services in many areas. 

The median annual wage for legal occupations was $80,080 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Arbitrators, Mediators, and ConciliatorsBachelor's degree$60,670
Court ReportersPostsecondary nondegree award$55,120
Judges and Hearing OfficersDoctoral or professional degree$115,520
LawyersDoctoral or professional degree$119,250
Paralegals and Legal AssistantsAssociate's degree$50,410
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Legal Occupations, on the Internet at