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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women, U.S.

(2006 annual averages)

Occupations (in thousands) Percent
women
Women's
median
usual weekly
earnings1
Total
employed
(women)
Total
employed
(men and women)
Total, 16 years and over 66,870 144,427 46.3% $600
Secretaries and administrative assistants 3,348 3,455 96.9 824
Registered nurses 2,309 2,529 91.3 971
Cashiers 2,291 3,063 74.8 327
Elementary and middle school teachers 2,220 2,701 82.2 584
Retail salespersons 1,740 3,386 51.4 405
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides 1,694 1,906 88.9 395
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,436 3,435 41.8 536
Waiters and waitresses 1,401 1,960 71.5 348
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,364 1,511 90.3 582
Customer service representatives 1,349 1,916 70.4 533
Childcare workers 1,320 1,401 94.2 345
Receptionists and information clerks 1,301 1,403 92.7 467
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,285 1,423 90.3 348
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support 1,163 1,543 75.4 658
Accountants and auditors 1,071 1,779 60.2 844
Teacher assistants 869 942 92.3 405
Office clerks, general 848 1,035 81.9 534
Cooks 811 1,868 43.4 340
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 716 767 93.4 391
Preschool and kindergarten teachers 674 690 97.7 554
1. Wage and salary for full-time workers.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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