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Women in management

| March 2017

In 2016, nearly 40 percent of all managers were women, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But in some management occupations, the percentage of women was even higher than that.

The chart shows management occupations in which more than half of workers were women. Employment is for both full- and part-time workers.

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Selected management occupations with high percentages of women, 2016
Occupation Percentage of women Median weekly earnings of women

Human resources managers

74.2% $1,283

Medical and health services managers

72.3 1,254

Public relations and fundraising managers

70.9 (1)

Social and community service managers

70.5 992

Education administrators

65.1 1,280

Training and development managers

58.5 (1)

Advertising and promotions managers

56.5 (1)

Financial managers

52.5 1,157

Lodging managers

52.2 764

All management occupations

39.1 1,148

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey.

Note: Percentages of women are based on total full- and part-time employment. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary women workers only.

(1) Earnings data are not available.

Managers, whether women or men, usually need years of experience in a related occupation; for example, education administrators may have been teachers, and financial managers might have worked as securities sales agents. Such experience may be part of the reason that median weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers in most management occupations exceeded the $832 median weekly earnings for all workers. (Hover over bars in the chart to see earnings data for women.)

The occupations shown are projected to have at least average growth in employment between 2014 and 2024, with medical and health services managers, human resources managers, and social and community service managers expected to have even faster employment growth.

Data in the chart come from the BLS Current Population Survey. Projections are from the Employment Projections program.

About the Author

Elka Torpey is an economist in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, BLS. She can be reached at torpey.elka@bls.gov .

Suggested citation:

Elka Torpey, "Women in management," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2017.

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