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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women
Full-time Wage and Salary Workers
2005 Annual Averages
(employment in thousands)
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Total
Women’s
Total
Employed
Median
Employed
(Men and
Percent
Weekly
Occupation
Women
Women)
Women
Earnings
Total, 16 years and older
(all employed women, full-time
wage and salary workers) 65,757 141,730 46.4 $585
         
Secretaries and admin. assistants 3,404 3,499 97.3 559
Cashiers 2,334 3,075 75.9 322
Registered Nurses 2,229 2,416 92.3 930
Elementary and middle school teachers 2,151 2,616 82.2 813
Retail salespersons 1,687 3,248 51.9 401
Nursing, psychiatric, and
    home health aides 1,686 1900 88.7 385
First-line supervisors/managers
    of retail sales workers 1,462 3,523 41.5 525
Bookkeeping, accounting, and
    auditing clerks 1,329 1,456 91.3 551
Waiters and waitresses 1,383 1,927 71.8 332
Receptionists and information clerks 1,271 1,376 92.4 463
Childcare workers 1,260 1,329 94.8 330
Customer service representatives 1,258 1,833 68.6 505
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,237 1,382 89.5 328
First-line supervisors/managers of
    office and administrative support 1,115 1,598 69.8 656
Accountants and auditors 1,042 1,683 61.9 784
Teacher assistants 861 947 90.9 398
Office clerks, general 816 965 84.6 509
Cooks 778 1,838 42.3 314
Preschool and kindergarten teachers 702 719 97.6 520
Janitors and building cleaners 681 2,074 32.8 363

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2005.