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25 Highest paying occupations 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%

Chief executives

26.3%

73.7%

Pharmacists

56.3%

43.7%

Architectural and engineering managers

7.6%

92.4%

Dentists

29.1%

70.9%

Lawyers

32.9%

67.1%

Computer hardware engineers

15.3%

84.7%

Computer and information systems managers

26.7%

73.3%

Software developers, applications and systems software

19.8%

80.2%

Nurse practitioners

91.5%

8.5%

Physicians and surgeons

36.7%

63.3%

Aerospace engineers

15.6%

84.4%

Computer network architects

12.4%

87.6%

Physician assistants

74.5%

25.5%

Electrical and electronics engineers

12.3%

87.7%

Database administrators

28.0%

72.0%

Management analysts

41.3%

58.7%

Chemical engineers

13.0%

87.0%

Engineers, all other

11.7%

88.3%

Physical scientists, all other

37.6%

62.4%

First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

7.8%

92.2%

Financial analysts

40.5%

59.5%

Mechanical engineers

8.8%

91.2%

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

7.2%

92.8%

Information security analysts

18.1%

81.9%

Computer programmers

21.4%

78.6%

Notes:
- Occupations were selected based on median weekly earnings of full-time workers (both sexes combined) among occupations with a sample size of at least 50,000 people 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