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Women's Bureau

20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women

2008 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)

67,876    

145,362   

46.7     

$638     

 

 

 

 

 

Secretaries and administrative assistants

3,168    

3,296   

96.1     

614     

Registered Nurses

2,548    

2,778   

91.7     

1,011     

Elementary and middle school teachers

2,403    

2,958   

81.2     

871     

Cashiers

2,287    

3,031   

75.5     

349     

Retail salespersons

1,783    

3,416   

52.2     

440     

Nursing, psychiatric, and

 

 

 

 

    home health aides

1,675    

1,889   

88.7     

424     

First-line supervisors/managers

 

 

 

 

    of retail sales workers

1,505    

3,471   

43.3     

556     

Waiters and waitresses

1,471    

2,010   

73.2     

367     

Receptionists and information clerks

1,323    

1,413   

93.6     

502     

Bookkeeping, accounting, and

 

 

 

 

    auditing clerks

1,311    

1,434   

91.4     

603     

Customer service representatives

1,302    

1,908   

68.3     

568     

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

1,287    

1,434   

89.7     

371     

Childcare workers

1,256    

1,314   

95.6     

393     

Managers, all others

1,244    

3,473   

35.8     

1,010     

First-line supervisors/managers of

 

 

 

 

    office and administrative support

1,169    

1,641   

71.2     

688     

Accountants and auditors

1,077    

1,762   

61.1     

908     

Office clerks, general

993    

1,176   

84.4     

582     

Teacher assistants

936    

1,020   

91.8     

413     

Cooks

801    

1,997   

40.1     

363     

Personal and home care aides

744    

871   

85.4     

404     

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2008.