After many years of meager wage growth, attorneys, paralegals and other legal-service workers are starting to see big gains again. Year-over-year, wages for this group, including bonuses, were up a full 5% through the first three months of 2013.
While pay is improving, hiring is still stagnant. Many recent law school graduates have not been able to find jobs in their field, according to Bardaro. Instead, many are working as financial consultants and as administrators at non-profits and other places where they can employ their organizational and legal skills.
Over the next few years, prospects for legal workers should improve compared with recent years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It projects a 10% increase in jobs for attorneys, about average for all workers.
A CNNMoney analysis of Census data shows these jobs -- which have roughly the same amount of men and women workers -- have little disparity in salaries.