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20 Highest-Paying 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

Pharmacists

                116

53.7    

 $               1,871

 $                 1,879

Chief executives

                265

27.4    

 $               1,730

 $                 2,275

Lawyers

                228

31.1    

 $               1,636

 $                 2,055

Nurse practitioners

                 65

86.1    

 $               1,530

 -

Computer and information systems managers

                145

26.8    

 $               1,527

 $                 1,740

Physicians and surgeons

                226

34.3    

 $               1,418

 $                 2,099

Physician assistants

                 61

69.4    

 $               1,364

 -

Software developers, applications and systems software

                197

19.7    

 $               1,362

 $                 1,674

Management analysts

                202

39.8    

 $               1,325

 $                 1,535

Computer systems analysts

                145

30.9    

 $               1,254

 $                 1,477

Human resources managers

                160

72.7    

 $               1,208

 $                 1,447

Occupational therapists

                 82

94    

 $               1,200

 -

Medical and health services managers

                358

69.7    

 $               1,190

 $                 1,544

Physical therapists

                 88

70.7    

 $               1,190

 $                 1,362

Physical scientists, all other

                 50

35.1    

 $               1,171

 $                 1,522

Operations research analysts

                 70

54.9    

 $               1,169

 $                 1,551

Psychologists

                 72

72.7    

 $               1,155

 -

Computer programmers

                100

22.5    

 $               1,148

 $                 1,363

Speech-language pathologists

                 86

95.2    

 $               1,121

 -

Marketing and sales managers

                402

45.2    

 $               1,110

 $                 1,640


Notes: 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.