Women’s Earnings By Occupation For 2011 In The United States

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More young women value high-pay jobs.

More young women value high-paying jobs.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has just published it’s study of women’s earnings by occupation for the year 2011.

It comes as no surprise that women who worked in the C-suite or those with advanced information technology skills were the best paid.

The study also show that nursing and health care remain a highly paid fields dominated by female employees. More than

90% of register nurses, for example, are female.

Here are the findings of the BLS study of women’s earnings by occupation for 2011:

Women’s earnings by occupation, 2011

Women’s earnings by occupation, 2011

In 2011, women working full time in management, business, and financial operations jobs had the highest median weekly earnings of any major occupational category ($977).

Within this occupation group, women who were chief executives and computer and information systems managers had median weekly earnings of $1,464 and $1,543, respectively.

The second highest paying job group for women was professional and related occupations in 2011, with median weekly earnings of $919.

Within this group, women who were lawyers ($1,631), pharmacists ($1,898), and physicians ($1,527) had the highest earnings.

Women who were registered nurses ($1,034) or elementary and middle school teachers ($933) represented the largest occupations in the professional and related group, and were among the largest occupations of women overall.

In 2011, women who worked full time in the service occupations group had about the lowest median weekly earnings at $443.

For example, women working full time as maids and housekeeping cleaners and as waiters and waitresses had median weekly earnings of $392 and $389, respectively.

These data are from the Current Population Survey.

Earnings data in this article are median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers.

Full-time workers are those who usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or principal job.

To learn more, see “Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2011,” BLS Report 1038 (PDF).

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