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Leading Occupations

Note: This section presents two sets of information on occupations. The first part presents data for the 30 leading detailed occupations for employed women, which were selected based on the number of women employed (among full-time wage and salary employees). Data presented for these occupations include: total number of women employed, women as a percent of total employed, and median weekly earnings by sex. The second part presents the percent distribution of people employed in intermediate occupations by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

30 Leading 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 employed in the occupation1

Women's Median weekly earnings

Men's Median weekly earnings

All occupations

46,268

47%

$706

$860

Elementary and middle school teachers

2138

81%

$937

$1025

Secretaries and administrative assistants

2113

94%

$677

$772

Registered nurses

2023

90%

$1086

$1236

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

1207

89%

$450

$499

Customer service representatives

1068

66%

$616

$639

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

981

43%

$612

$778

Accountants and auditors

945

62%

$1029

$1268

Cashiers

932

72%

$379

$426

Managers, all other

905

34%

$1105

$1399

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

828

70%

$748

$846

Receptionists and information clerks

828

92%

$527

$600

Retail salespersons

737

50%

$485

$719

Office clerks, general

734

84%

$596

$620

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

702

89%

$670

$751

Financial managers

613

55%

$1064

$1518

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

605

88%

$406

$467

Waiters and waitresses

558

70%

$400

$449

Personal care aides

539

84%

$445

$470

Secondary school teachers

529

57%

$986

$1093

Social workers

507

80%

$818

$978

Teacher assistants

501

89%

$475

$501

Preschool and kindergarten teachers

484

98%

$624

$ -

Education administrators

450

64%

$1130

$1543

Postsecondary teachers

424

50%

$1100

$1338

Janitors and building cleaners

421

33%

$418

$517

Cooks

418

40%

$382

$411

Childcare workers

410

95%

$418

$ -

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

404

92%

$732

$ -

Counselors

391

69%

$884

$889

Billing and posting clerks

380

92%

$629

$ -

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.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey

 

Chart 1

30 Leading occupations for women by number of women employed (2013 annual averages).

Text Version of 30 Leading occupations for women by number of women employed (2013 annual averages)

Chart 2

Median weekly earnings for the 30 leading occupations for employed women, by sex (2013 annual averages)

Text Version of Median weekly earnings for the 30 leading occupations for employed women, by sex (2013 annual averages)

Chart 3

Percent distribution of employed persons by occupation and sex (2013 annual averages)

Text Version of Percent distribution of employed persons by occupation and sex (2013 annual averages)

Chart 4

Percent distribution of employed women by occupation and race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity (2013 annual averages)

Text Version of Percent distribution of employed women by occupation and race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity (2013 annual averages)