20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women in the U.S., 2012

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

Occupations (in thousands) Women's
median
usual weekly
earnings1
Men's
median
weekly earnings
Total
women
employed
Women
as a percent
of total employed
Total, 16 years and over        
Secretaries and administrative assistants 2,768 95.3% $665 $803
Registered nurses 2,605 90.6 1,086 1,189
Cashiers 2,351 71.8 368 400
Elementary and middle school teachers 2,310 81.4 921 1,128
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides 1,863 87.9 445 508
Retail salespersons 1,677 50.2 436 678
Waiters and waitresses 1,512 71.2 396 456
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,405 43.4 598 792
Customer service representatives 1,326 67.8% $585 $684
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,284 88.1 395 425
Managers, all others 1,258 35 1,078 1,409
Childcare workers 1,236 94.1 386 n.a.
Receptionists and information clerks 1,132 91.5 524 604
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,130 89.1 672 740
Accountants and auditors 1,075 60.9 996 1,350
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support 970 68.5 760 895
Office clerks, general 920 83.4 600 607
Personal and home care aides 907 84.7 412 465
Teacher assistants 818 91.1 452 493
Cooks 743 37.7 361 403
1. Wage and salary for full-time workers.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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