Best Paying Jobs for Women
Excuse me, ma’am, are you thinking about a career change?
Even Donald Trump would be happy to see women in these high paying jobs.
According to some estimates more than ten million full time workers in the U.S. change jobs every year. While some change because they are not happy with where they’re working and what they’re doing, quite a few change jobs to earn more money.
Our firm, University Research & Review, advises career changers and people of all ages who are thinking about enrolling in college, so we’re very interested in median income levels for various jobs. One source of information is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, particularly their Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2013. We sifted through the data and came up with the best paying jobs for females as indicated by 2013 median (half above, half below) earnings.
Best paying jobs for women (median weekly earnings, 2013)
- $1,802 Pharmacist
- $1,566 Lawyer
- $1,549 Computer & information systems manager
- $1,539 Nurse Practitioner
- $1,497 Physician
- $1,491 Physician Assistant
- $1,370 Software developer
- $1,319 Management analyst
- $1,313 Operations research analyst
- $1,290 Purchasing manager
There are a couple of surprises on this list. One is that female pharmacists have the highest median weekly income. Another is that female physicians earn slightly less than nurse practitioners and only a couple bucks more than physician assistants. And it certainly looks attractive for females in the computer systems and software business. On the other hand, the females that keep restaurants running have the fourth, fifth and seventh worst paying jobs. Maybe all those celebrity chefs rake in all the money.
So what does all this tell us? It clearly says high tech and health care are the places to be if you’re a female and you want to earn a good living. While median annual income for female lawyers in 2013 was a bit over $81,000 – quite a healthy jump over a female’s overall median $36,700 – the outlook for lawyers turned bleak over the last few years. So if you’re thinking about changing careers, or starting on your career path, pay attention to the writing on the wall, which reads: technology and health care.
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