20 American jobs dominated by women — and that also pay them what they deserve

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

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Some of the highest-paying jobs for women are in health care.
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March marks Women’s History Month, when notable achievements by women are celebrated and ongoing issues that women confront, such as the wage gap and lack of gender diversity at work, are highlighted.

Women are increasingly joining the workforce in America – roughly 57.4% of American women participated in the workforce in 2019, compared to 69.2% of men according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The share of women in the workforce is up from 50% in 1980 according to the US Census Bureau.

The gender wage gap is pervasive in many industries, especially those still dominated by men. According to data collected in the Census Bureau’s 2018 Current Population Survey, women earned, on average, 81% of what men earned. Though this is a large increase from years past – women working full-time earned 62% of what men earned in 1979 – the gender wage gap does still exist.

However, 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 2019 Current Population Survey, a monthly survey conducted by the US Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, to find occupations with the highest median pay for women who work full-time, year-round.

To highlight jobs in which women frequently work, only those where at least 40% of workers identified as female were included. Median annual salaries were found by multiplying the median weekly salaries for each profession by 52, the number of weeks in a year. Note, we removed occupations that were labelled as “all other”, such as all other physical scientists, because we wanted to look at specific high-paying jobs for women.

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


20. Registered nurses

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Share of workers that are women: 87.92%

Median annual pay: $63,284


19. Market research analysts and marketing specialists

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Share of workers that are women: 54.09%

Median annual pay: $63,856


18. Fundraisers

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Share of workers that are women: 61.18%

Median annual pay: $63,908


17. Public relations specialists

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Share of workers that are women: 65.55%

Median annual pay: $65,260


16. Compliance officers

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Share of workers that are women: 60.89%

Median annual pay: $65,728


15. Computer systems analysts

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Share of workers that are women: 40.93%

Median annual pay: $67,028


14. Physical therapists

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Share of workers that are women: 61.61%

Median annual pay: $68,796


13. Education administrators

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Share of workers that are women: 66.09%

Median annual pay: $69,420


12. Postsecondary teachers

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Share of workers that are women: 44.83%

Median annual pay: $70,616


11. Medical and health services managers

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Share of workers that are women: 70.76%

Median pay: $70,824


10. Marketing and sales managers

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Share of workers that are women: 46.71%

Median annual pay: $72,436


9. Public relations and fundraising managers

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Share of workers that are women: 69.44%

Median annual pay: $72,748


8 (tie). Occupational therapists

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Share of workers that are women: 85.87%

Median annual pay: $74,932


8 (tie). Psychologists

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Share of workers that are women: 81.58%

Median annual pay: $74,932


7. Management analysts

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Share of workers that are women: 43.79%

Median annual pay: $78,884


6. Human resources managers

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Share of workers that are women: 76.92%

Median annual pay: $79,976


5. Nurse practitioners

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Share of workers that are women: 87.17%

Median annual pay: $91,156


4. Physician assistants

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Share of workers that are women: 70.64%

Median annual pay: $91,676


3. Pharmacists

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Share of workers that are women: 60.78%

Median annual pay: $97,604


2. Physicians and surgeons

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Share of workers that are women: 40.72%

Median annual pay: $97,656


1. Veterinarians

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Share of workers that are women: 76.39%

Median annual pay: $103,220