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25 Lowest paying occupations for women by median weekly earnings, 2014 annual averages

Occupations

Women's median weekly earnings

Men's median weekly earnings

Women's earnings as a percentage of men's

Total, full-time wage and salary workers

$719

$871

82.5%

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

$369

$437

84.4%

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

$373

$384

97.1%

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

$386

-

-

Cashiers

$387

$412

93.9%

Packers and packagers, hand

$395

$459

86.1%

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

$400

$404

99.0%

Food preparation workers

$401

$411

97.6%

Cooks

$405

$416

97.4%

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

$410

-

-

Waiters and waitresses

$415

$501

82.8%

Janitors and building cleaners

$415

$540

76.9%

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

$417

-

-

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

$418

-

-

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

$420

$509

82.5%

Miscellaneous personal appearance workers

$422

-

-

Personal care aides

$425

$465

91.4%

Sewing machine operators

$432

-

-

Childcare workers

$444

-

-

Nonfarm animal caretakers

$452

-

-

Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers

$457

$537

85.1%

Bartenders

$459

$634

72.4%

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

$466

$528

88.3%

Bakers

$469

$518

90.5%

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

$476

-

-

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$476

$546

87.2%

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.
- Dash indicates no data available or base is less than 50,000.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey