The 20 highest-paying jobs for women

Some of the highest-paying jobs for women are in healthcare.

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Some of the highest-paying jobs for women are in healthcare.
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Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The gender wage gap is pervasive in many industries, especially those still dominated by men.

But there are some fields where women not only make up a high percentage of the workforce, but they earn competitive pay doing it.

Business Insider looked at data from the US Census Bureau‘s 2016 American Community Survey to find occupations with the highest median pay for women who work full-time, year-round and are over the age of 16.

To highlight jobs in which women frequently work, only those where at least 40% of workers identified as female were included.

Check out the full list of jobs where women earn the most:


20. Compensation and benefits managers

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WOCinTech Chat/flickr

Percentage of women: 75%

Median pay: $70,251


19. Financial examiner

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Flickr/Achi Raz

Percentage of women: 47%

Median pay: $70,328


18. Human resources manager

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Flickr/USDAgov

Percentage of women: 61%

Median pay: $70,342


17. Medical scientist

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Larry W. Smith/Getty Images

Percentage of women: 53%

Median pay: $71,175


16. Audiologist

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Flickr/_e.t

Percentage of women: 80%

Median pay: $72,123


15. Computer systems analyst

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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/Flickr

Percentage of women: 40%

Median pay: $72,409


14. Physical therapist

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a katz/Shutterstock

Percentage of women: 63%

Median pay: $74,555


13. Public relations and fundraising manager

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Flickr/Sebastiaan ter Burg

Percentage of women: 67%

Median pay: $75,260


12. Operations research analyst

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Flickr / Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Percentage of women: 50%

Median pay: $76,005


11. Management analyst

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Glassdoor

Percentage of women: 41%

Median pay: $76,338


10. Natural sciences manager

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Canadian Film Centre/Flickr

Percentage of women: 53%

Median pay: $76,768


9. Radiation therapist

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NIH Image Gallery/flickr

Percentage of women: 68%

Median pay: $79,488


8. Statistician

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Strelka Institute/Flickr/Attribution License

Percentage of women: 44%

Median pay: $80,027


7. Judge, magistrate, or other judicial worker

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Thomson Reuters

Percentage of women: 44%

Median pay: $80,807


6. Veterinarian

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Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Percentage of women: 59%

Median pay: $82,228


5. Nurse practitioner

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Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Percentage of women: 88%

Median pay: $100,030


4. Physician assistant

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Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Percentage of women: 63%

Median pay: $100,434


3. Nurse midwife

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ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com

Percentage of women: 100%

Median pay: $101,552


2. Pharmacist

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Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Percentage of women: 55%

Median pay: $118,461


1. Nurse anesthetist

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MindStorm/Shutterstock

Percentage of women: 58%

Median pay: $151,667