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20 Leading Occupations for Employed Women, 2012

Occupation

Total Women Employed(in thousands)

Women as a percent of total employed in the occupation

Women's median weekly earnings

Men's median weekly earnings

Secretaries and administrative assistants

           2,768

95.3

 $       665

 $     803

Registered nurses

           2,605

90.6

       $    1,086

 $  1,189

Cashiers

           2,351

71.8

 $       368

 $     400

Elementary and middle school teachers

           2,310

81.4

 $       921

 $  1,128

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

           1,863

87.9

 $       445

 $     508

Retail salespersons

           1,677

50.2

 $       436

 $     678

Waiters and waitresses

           1,512

71.2

 $       396

 $     456

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

           1,405

43.4

 $       598

 $     792

Customer service representatives

           1,326

67.8

 $       585

 $     684

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

           1,284

88.1

 $       395

 $     425

Managers, all other

           1,258

35

       $    1,078

 $  1,409

Childcare workers

           1,236

94.1

 $       386

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Receptionists and information clerks

           1,132

91.5

 $       524

 $     604

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

           1,130

89.1

 $       672

 $     740

Accountants and auditors

           1,075

60.9

 $       996

 $  1,350

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

              970

68.5

 $       760

 $     895

Office clerks, general

              920

83.4

 $       600

 $     607

Personal care aides

              907

84.7

 $       412

 $     465

Teacher assistants

              818

91.1

 $       452

 $     493

Cooks

              743

37.7

 $       361

 $     403


Notes:
1. Female-dominated occupations have 75 percent or more women as a percent of total employed.
2. Dash indicates no data or data that do not meet publication criteria (values not shown where base is less than 50,000).

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Current Population Survey (CPS)/ Graph by the Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor.