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25 Most common occupations for employed women by selected characteristics (2014 annual averages)

Occupations

Number of women employed full-time
(in thousands)

Women as a percentage of total employed in the occupation*

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

47,076

47%

$719

$871

82.5%

Secretaries and administrative assistants

2,215

94%

685

811

84.5%

Elementary and middle school teachers

2,196

81%

956

1,096

87.2%

Registered nurses

2,064

90%

1,076

1,190

90.4%

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

1,200

89%

466

528

88.3%

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

1,022

44%

595

793

75.0%

Customer service representatives

1,014

65%

606

698

86.8%

Managers, all other

983

33%

1,153

1,412

81.7%

Cashiers

921

72%

387

412

93.9%

Accountants and auditors

910

63%

999

1,236

80.8%

Receptionists and information clerks

825

91%

532

616

86.4%

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

775

67%

763

919

83.0%

Office clerks, general

753

85%

626

662

94.6%

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

745

90%

660

732

90.2%

Retail salespersons

733

50%

491

698

70.3%

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

685

89%

400

404

99.0%

Financial managers

606

53%

1,127

1,671

67.4%

Social workers

563

82%

839

892

94.1%

Secondary school teachers

549

57%

984

1,108

88.8%

Waiters and waitresses

542

72%

415

501

82.8%

Personal care aides

534

84%

425

465

91.4%

Teacher assistants

492

90%

494

580

85.2%

Preschool and kindergarten teachers

486

97%

625

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Education administrators

451

63%

1,171

1,439

81.4%

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

451

89%

737

868

84.9%

Janitors and building cleaners

438

33%

415

540

76.9%

Notes:
Occupations were selected based on the number of women employed (full-time), among occupations with a sample size of at least 50,000 people employed.
All data (unless otherwise noted) are 2014 annual averages for full-time wage and salary workers only, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat39.htm
* Women as a percentage of total employed are 2014 annual averages for all people employed, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm
Dash indicates no data available or base is less than 50,000.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey