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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women
2007 Annual Averages
(employment in thousands)

Occupations, Total Employed Women, Total Employed (men and women), Percent Women, Women’s Median Weekly Earnings

Total, 16 years and older (all employed women), 67,792; Total Employed Women, 146,047; Percent Women, 46.4; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $614

Secretaries and administrative assistants, 3,289; Total Employed Women, 3,401; Percent Women, 96.7; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $597

Registered nurses, 2,411; Total Employed Women, 2,629; Percent Women, 91.7; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $976

Elementary and middle school teachers, 2,381; Total Employed Women, 2,943; Percent Women, 80.9; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $847

Cashiers, 2,285; Total Employed Women, 3,022; Percent Women, 75.6; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $344

Retail salesperson, 1,798; Total Employed Women, 3,492; Percent Women, 51.5; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $409

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides, 1,659; Total Employed Women, 1,879; Percent Women, 88.3; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $416

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers, 1,468; Total Employed Women, 3,445; Percent Women, 42.6; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $538

Waiters and waitresses, 1,464; Total Employed Women, 1,978; Percent Women, 74.0; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $360

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, 1,345; Total Employed Women, 1,490; Percent Women, 90.3; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $601

Receptionist and information clerks, 1,340; Total Employed Women, 1,441; Percent Women, 93.0; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $480

Customer service representatives, 1,313; Total Employed Women, 1,917; Percent Women, 68.5; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $521

Maids and housekeeping cleaners, 1,273; Total Employed Women, 1,427; Percent Women, 89.2; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $357

Childcare workers, 1,269; Total Employed Women, 1,341; Percent Women, 94.6; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $360

First-line supervisors/manages of office and administrative support, 1,196; Total Employed Women, 1,629; Percent Women, 73.4; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $675

Accountants and auditors, 1,118; Total Employed Women, 1,806; Percent Women, 61.9; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $858

Office clerks, general, 936; Total Employed Women, 1,097; Percent Women, 85.3; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $550

Teacher assistant, 891; Total Employed Women, 974; Percent Women, 91.5; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $406

Cooks, 777; Total Employed Women, 1,939; Percent Women, 40.1; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $341

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists, 723; Total Employed Women, 778; Percent Women, 92.9; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $409

Medical assistants and other healthcare support occupations, 708; Total Employed Women, 781; Percent Women, 90.6; Women’s Median Weekly Earnings, $487

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