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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women
2006 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) 66,870 144,427 46.3 $600
         
Secretaries and admin. assistants 3,348 3,455 96.9 584
Registered Nurses 2,309 2,529 91.3 971
Cashiers 2,291 3,063 74.8 327
Elementary and middle school teachers 2,220 2,701 82.2 824
Retail salespersons 1,740 3,386 51.4 405
Nursing, psychiatric, and
    home health aides 1,694 1906 88.9 395
First-line supervisors/managers
    of retail sales workers 1,436 3,435 41.8 536
Waiters and waitresses 1,401 1,960 71.5 348
Bookkeeping, accounting, and
    auditing clerks 1,364 1,511 90.3 582
Customer service representatives 1,349 1,916 70.4 533
Childcare workers 1,320 1,401 94.2 345
Receptionists and information clerks 1,301 1,403 92.7 467
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,285 1,423 90.3 348
First-line supervisors/managers of
    office and administrative support 1,163 1,543 75.4 658
Accountants and auditors 1,071 1,779 60.2 844
Teacher assistants 869 942 92.3 405
Office clerks, general 848 1,035 81.9 534
Cooks 811 1,868 43.4 340
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and
    cosmetologists 716 767 93.4 391
Preschool and kindergarten teachers 674 690 97.7 554

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2006.