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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women, U.S.

(2007 annual averages)

Wage and salary of full-time workers in fields ranging from administration assistants to healthcare occupations.

Occupations (in thousands) Percent
women
Women's
median
weekly
earnings1
Total
employed
(women)
Total
employed
(men and women)
Total, 16 years and over 67,792 146,047 46.4% $614
Secretaries and administrative assistants 3,289 3,401 96.7 597
Registered nurses 2,411 2,629 91.7 976
Elementary and middle school teachers 2,381 2,943 80.9 847
Cashiers 2,285 3,022 75.6 344
Retail salespersons 1,798 3,492 51.5 409
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides 1,659 1,879 88.3 416
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,468 3,445 42.6 538
Waiters and waitresses 1,464 1,978 74.0 360
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,345 1,490 90.3 601
Receptionists and information clerks 1,340 1,441 93.0 480
Customer service representatives 1,313 1,917 68.5 521
Maids and housekeepers 1,273 1,427 89.2 357
Childcare workers 1,269 1,341 94.6 360
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support 1,196 1,629 73.4 675
Accountants and auditors 1,118 1,806 61.9 858
Office clerks, general 936 1,097 85.3 550
Teacher assistants 891 974 91.5 406
Cooks 777 1,939 40.1 341
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 723 778 92.9 409
Medical assistants and other healthcare support occupations 708 781 90.6 487
1. Wage and salary for full-time workers.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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