Healthcare and Business Top the List of Top Earning Jobs for Women in 2013

March 7, 2013  |  

As we’ve mentioned (more than once, BTW) women still aren’t getting a fair shake when it comes to what they earn. The hourly pay of young, female college graduates dropped 8.5 percent between 2000 and 2011, compared to 1.6 percent for men. So it’s great that Forbes conducted analysis of data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find out which jobs actually pay women the most.

It turns out jobs in healthcare, business, and computer science pay women the best. According to the study, pharmacist is the top paying job for women earning most a median salary of $98,000 per year. It is also the most equal paying job with most women making 100 percent as much as men; actual on par, equal pay. Other high paying healthcare jobs are nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, and medical and health services managers.

Next on the list of highest paying job is chief executive which has a median salary of about $90,000 per year and makes sense. Want better pay, pay yourself. However, there are very few instances where women are earning as much as men with the wage gap in this space earning women only 76 percent as much as men with the same title. Women are expected to see this gap at large companies and might want to seek out smaller or nonprofit companies to get the best pay.

Although women are underrepresented in computer engineering, it’s another place where we can expect great pay. As we’ve also said before, STEM careers are the thing.

Other notable jobs are lawyer, human resource manager, and psychologists. The worst paying jobs for women (and men, to be sure) are food preparation workers, laundry and dry-cleaning workers, cashiers, child-care workers, and maids and housekeepers, which earn less than $400 a week.

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