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Women’s earnings by occupation in 2004

November 02, 2005

Women working full time in management, business, and financial operations earned a median of $812 per week in 2004. This was more than women earned in any other major occupational category.

Median usual weekly earnings of female full-time wage and salary workers by occupation, 2004 annual averages
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Within management fields, the highest paying occupations for women were chief executives, computer and information systems managers, human resources managers, purchasing managers, medical and health services managers, and management analysts.

The second highest paying job group was professional and related occupations, in which women earned $767 per week.

Within professional occupations, women working as pharmacists, lawyers, computer software engineers, computer programmers, and physicians and surgeons had the highest median weekly earnings.

These data on earnings are produced by the Current Population Survey. Earnings data in this article are median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers. For more information see "Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2004," BLS Report 987 (PDF 196K).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women’s earnings by occupation in 2004 at (visited June 19, 2024).

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