20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women, U.S.

(2010 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
usual weekly
earnings1
Total
employed
(women)
Total
employed
(men and women)
Total, 16 years and over 65,638 139,064 47.2% $669
Secretaries and administrative assistants 2,962 3,082 96.1 657
Registered nurses 2,590 2,843 91.1 1,039
Elementary and middle school teachers 2,301 2,813 81.8 931
Cashiers 2,291 3,109 73.7 366
Retail salespersons 1,705 3,286 51.9 421
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides 1,700 1,928 88.2 427
Waiters and waitresses 1,470 2,067 71.1 381
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,375 3,132 43.9 578
Customer service representatives 1,263 1,896 66.6 586
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,252 1,407 89.0 376
Receptionists and information clerks 1,187 1,281 92.7 529
Childcare workers 1,181 1,247 94.7 398
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,179 1,297 90.9 628
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support 1,035 1,507 68.7 726
Managers, all others 1,014 2,898 35.0 1,045
Accountants and auditors 989 1,646 60.1 953
Teacher assistants 893 966 92.4 485
Personal and home care aides 838 973 86.1 405
Office clerks, general 837 994 84.2 597
Cooks 790 1,951 40.5 381
1. Wage and salary for full-time workers.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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