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Highest and lowest paying occupations


Table 1. Highest paying occupations for employed women, by selected characteristics (2013 annual averages)

Occupation Name

Total Number of Women Employed (in thousands)

Women as a Percent of Total Employed2

Median Weekly Earnings

Women

Men

Total, full-time wage and salary workers

46,268

47%

$ 706

$ 860

Chief executives

286

27%

$ 1,811

$ 2,266

Pharmacists

117

56%

$ 1,802

$ 2,092

Lawyers

247

33%

$ 1,566

$ 1,986

Computer and information systems managers

163

29%

$ 1,549

$ 1,769

Nurse practitioners

91

92%

$ 1,539

-

Physicians and surgeons

241

36%

$ 1,497

$ 2,087

Physician assistants

67

65%

$ 1,491

-

Software developers, applications and systems software

209

20%e

$ 1,370

$ 1,737

Management analysts

229

42%

$ 1,319

$ 1,614

Operations research analysts

63

52%

$ 1,313

$ 1,569

Physical therapists

87

61%

$ 1,300

$ 1,457

Purchasing managers

89

48%

$ 1,290

$ 1,441

Human Resources Managers

152

72%

$ 1,240

$ 1,536

Occupational therapists

68

88%

$ 1,240

-

Medical and health services managers

375

70%

$ 1,224

$ 1,412

Computer systems analysts

158

35%

$ 1,216

$ 1,455

Speech-language pathologists

93

93%

$ 1,191

-

Psychologists

69

74%

$ 1,178

-

Computer occupations, all other

81

23%

$ 1,162

$ 1,428

Computer programmers

106

23%

$ 1,162

$ 1,428

General and operations managers

250

28%

$ 1,161

$ 1,444

Personal financial advisors

72

26%

$ 1,149

$ 1,565

Medical scientists

73

52%

$ 1,142

$ 1,430

Education administrators

450

64%

$ 1,130

$ 1,543

Marketing and sales managers

353

43%

$ 1,124

$ 1,658

Managers, all other

905

34%

$ 1,105

$ 1,399

Biological scientists

53

53%

$ 1,104

$ 1,233

Postsecondary teachers

424

50%

$ 1,100

$ 1,338

Registered nurses

2,023

90%

$ 1,086

$ 1,236

Fundraisers

58

71%

$ 1,084

-

Notes:
1. All data (unless otherwise noted) are 2013 annual averages for full-time wage and salary workers only, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, Current Population Survey
2. Women as a percent of total employed are 2013 annual averages for all people employed (includes part-time and self-employed), from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, Current Population Survey
3. Dash indicates no data available or base is less than 50,000.
4. Occupations selected based on women's median weekly earnings (excludes occupations were base is less than 50,000)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey

 

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ext Version of 30 Highest paying occupations for employed women, median weekly earnings by sex  (2013 annual averages).

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Table 2. 30 Lowest paying occupations for employed women by median weekly earnings by sex (2013 annual averages)

Occupation Name

Total Number of Women Employed (in thousands)

Women as a Percent of Total Employed in the Occupation1

Median Weekly Earnings

Women

Men

All occupations

46,268

47%

$ 706

$ 860

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

308

94.8%

$ 485

-

Retail salespersons

737

49.7%

$ 485

$ 719

Stock clerks and order fillers

321

36.7%

$ 484

$ 503

Bartenders

109

58.0%

$ 483

$ 594

Miscellaneous personal appearance workers

136

85.1%

$ 480

-

Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers

73

25.5%

$ 476

$ 525

Teacher assistants

501

89.2%

$ 475

$ 501

Nonfarm animal caretakers

57

73.6%

$ 468

-

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

1,207

89.0%

$ 450

$ 499

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

249

58.0%

$ 448

$ 580

Personal care aides

539

84.2%

$ 445

$ 470

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

159

51.5%

$ 429

$ 537

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

221

17.9%

$ 421

$ 524

Childcare workers

410

94.8%

$ 418

-

Janitors and building cleaners

421

32.6%

$ 418

$ 517

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

50

72.8%

$ 417

-

Packers and packagers, hand

182

49.4%

$ 416

$ 434

Food servers, non restaurant

74

67.2%

$ 410

-

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

605

87.7%

$ 406

$ 467

Sewing machine operators

91

76.1%

$ 405

-

Waiters and waitresses

558

70.4%

$ 400

$ 449

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

55

45.6%

$ 398

$ 426

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

60

88.5%

$ 391

-

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

57

61.5%

$ 389

-

Cooks

418

39.7%

$ 382

$ 411

Food preparation workers

191

55.8%

$ 380

$ 392

Cashiers

932

71.7%

$ 379

$ 426

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

107

65.3%

$ 370

$ 413

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

71

60.1%

$ 360

$ 425

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

71

19.1%

$ 352

$ 447

Notes:
1. All data (unless otherwise noted) are 2013 annual averages for full-time wage and salary workers only, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat39.htm
2. . Women as a percent of total employed are 2013 annual averages for all people employed (includes part-time and self-employed), from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm
3. Dash indicates no data available or base is less than 50,000.
4. Occupations selected based on women's median weekly earnings (excludes occupations were base is less than 50,000)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey

 

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30 Lowest paying occupations for employed women, median weekly earnings by sex (2013 annual averages) .

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