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25 Lowest paying occupations for women by gender shares of employment, 2014 annual averages

Occupations

Women as a percentage of total employed in the occupation

Men as a percentage of total employed in the occupation

Total, full-time wage and salary workers

46.9%

53.1%

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

20.2%

79.8%

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

61.9%

38.1%

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

59.9%

40.1%

Cashiers

72.2%

27.8%

Packers and packagers, hand

53.8%

46.2%

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

88.6%

11.4%

Food preparation workers

54.7%

45.3%

Cooks

40.6%

59.4%

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

59.7%

40.3%

Waiters and waitresses

71.8%

28.2%

Janitors and building cleaners

33.2%

66.8%

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

63.5%

36.5%

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

85.2%

14.8%

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

49.2%

50.8%

Miscellaneous personal appearance workers

88.9%

11.1%

Personal care aides

83.9%

16.1%

Sewing machine operators

81.9%

18.1%

Childcare workers

95.5%

4.5%

Nonfarm animal caretakers

69.9%

30.1%

Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers

23.5%

76.5%

Bartenders

57.5%

42.5%

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

88.5%

11.5%

Bakers

62.8%

37.2%

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

94.6%

5.4%

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

18.3%

81.7%

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.
- *Women as a percentage of total employed are 2014 annual averages for all people employed (including part-time and self-employed).
- Nontraditional occupations = women represent 25 percent or less of total employed.
- Traditional occupations = women represent 75 percent or more of total employed.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey