Women and men in management, professional, and related occupations, 2008
August 07, 2009
Women working in full-time management, business, and financial operations jobs had median weekly earnings of $941 in 2008, more than women earned in any other major occupational category. The second-highest paying job group was professional and related occupations, in which women earned $867 per week.
In management, business, and finance, the highest paying occupations for women were chief executives and computer and information systems managers. Within professional and related occupations, women working as pharmacists or lawyers had the highest median weekly earnings.
Although women are more likely than men to work in professional and related occupations, they are not as well represented in the higher paying job groups within this broad category.
In 2008, only 9 percent of female professionals were employed in the high-paying computer and engineering fields, compared with 45 percent of male professionals. Professional women were more likely to work in the education and health care occupations, in which pay was generally lower. Sixty-eight percent of female professionals worked in these fields in 2008, compared with 29 percent of male professionals.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women and men in management, professional, and related occupations, 2008 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20090807.htm (visited May 23, 2018).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- Race, Economics, and Social Status
Examines Consumer Expenditure Survey data to explore social and economic factors by race and ethnicity.
African Americans in the U.S. Labor Force
A look at employment and unemployment trends of African Americans from 1972 to 2016 and projected to 2026.
Industry on Tap: Breweries
A look at employment, wages, and job safety in breweries and producer prices for beer.
Differences in Parents’ Time Use between the Summer and the School Year
A look at how parents of school-age children spend their time in the summer and the school year.