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Women's Bureau

20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women
2007 Annual Averages
(employment in thousands)
 
Total    
Women’s
Total
Employed
   
Median 
Employed
(Men and
Percent
Weekly
Occupation
Women
Women)
Women
Earnings
Total, 16 years and older
(all employed women)
67,792   
146,047   
46.4   
$614   
Secretaries and administrative assistants
3,289   
3,401   
96.7   
597   
Registered nurses
2,411   
2,629   
91.7   
976   
Elementary and middle school teachers
2,381   
2,943   
80.9   
847   
Cashiers
2,285   
3,022   
75.6   
344   
Retail salespersons
1,798   
3,492   
51.5   
409   
Nursing, psychiatric, and
home health aides
1,659   
1,879   
88.3   
416   
First-line supervisors/managers
of retail sales workers
1,468   
3,445   
42.6   
538   
Waiters and waitresses
1,464   
1,978   
74   
360   
Bookkeeping, accounting, and
auditing clerks
1,345   
1,490   
90.3   
601   
Receptionists and information clerks
1,340   
1,441   
93   
480   
Customer service representatives
1,313   
1,917   
68.5   
521   
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
1,273   
1,427   
89.2   
357   
Childcare workers
1,269   
1,341   
94.6   
360   
First-line supervisors/managers of
office and administrative support
1,196   
1,629   
73.4   
675   
Accountants and auditors
1,118   
1,806   
61.9   
858   
Office clerks, general
936   
1,097   
85.3   
550   
Teacher assistants
891   
974   
91.5   
406   
Cooks
777   
1,939   
40.1   
341   
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and
cosmetologists
723   
778   
92.9   
409   
Medical assistants and other
healthcare support occupations
708   
781   
90.6   
487   

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2007.