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Women's Bureau

20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women
Full-time Wage and Salary Workers
2002 Annual Averages

(Employment in thousands)

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        Women’s
    Total   Median
  Total Employed   Usual
  Employed (Men and Percent Weekly
Occupation Women Women) Women Earnings
Total, 16 years and older        
(all employed women, full time        
wage and salary workers) 43,773 100,204 43.7 $530
         
         
Retail and personal sales workers,        
   including cashiers 1,907 3,519 54.1 326
Secretaries 1,709 1,732 98.7 496
Elementary school teachers 1,677 2,039 82.2 750
Registered nurses 1,597 1,737 91.9 870
Nursing aides, orderlies,        
   and attendants 1,434 1,603 89.5 367
Sales supervisors and proprietors 1,313 3,301 39.8 507
Cashiers 1,036 1,387 74.7 307
Bookkeepers, accounting,        
   and auditing clerks 928 1,011 91.8 500
Accountants and auditors 851 1,424 59.8 734
Investigators and adjusters,        
   except insurance 723 972 74.4 495
Receptionists 688 709 97 429
Secondary school teachers 639 1,135 56.3 767
Managers, medicine and health 549 714 76.9 750
Social workers 553 753 73.4 632
Managers, food serving        
   and lodging establishments 487 1,031 47.2 517
Cooks, except short order 486 1,395 34.8 303
General office clerks 486 579 83.4 474
Janitors and cleaners 471 1,548 30.4 336
Administrators, education        
   and related fields 453 727 62.3 832
Waiters and waitresses 441 624 70.7 311

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2002.