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25 Lowest paying occupations for employed women by number of people employed, 2014 annual averages

Occupations

Number of women employed full-time
(in thousands)

Number of men employed full-time
(in thousands)

Total, full-time wage and salary workers

47,076

59,450

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

84

485

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

102

66

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

53

45

Cashiers

921

384

Packers and packagers, hand

207

140

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

685

131

Food preparation workers

181

178

Cooks

392

773

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

80

48

Waiters and waitresses

542

283

Janitors and building cleaners

438

1160

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

52

30

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

53

9

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

78

73

Miscellaneous personal appearance workers

144

22

Personal care aides

534

133

Sewing machine operators

95

19

Childcare workers

385

21

Nonfarm animal caretakers

60

29

Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers

70

217

Bartenders

113

103

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

1,200

164

Bakers

84

64

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

271

12

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

221

1138

Notes:
- Occupations were selected based on median weekly earnings of full-time workers, among occupations with a sample size of at least 50,000 women employed full-time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey