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Highest Paying Jobs For Women

Forbes Ranks the Top-Paying Jobs For Women

Women aren't paid equally in the workplace just yet, but some positions bode better than others when it comes to making money. Using the US Department of Labor Women's Bureau 2008 analysis, Forbes ranked women's median weekly earnings to come up with the highest-paying jobs for women. The job that turned up as number one surprised the Forbes team; they didn't expect women pharmacists to top the list. See the 10 highest-paying jobs below.

  1. Computer Scientists and System Analysts: Women's median yearly earnings: $56,264; percentage of men's earnings: 83.7 percent.
  2. Speech-language Pathologists: Women's median yearly earnings: $58,448; percentage of men's earnings: 100 percent.
  3. Human Resource Managers: Women's median yearly earnings: $59,124; percentage of men's earnings: 67.9 percent.
  4. Management Analysts: Women's median yearly earnings: $59,228; percentage of men's earnings: 78 percent.
  5. Physicians and Surgeons: Women's median yearly earnings: $63,960; percentage of men's earnings: 59.1 percent.

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  1. Computer and Information Systems Managers: Women's median yearly earnings: $65,520; percentage of men's earnings: 85.4 percent.
  2. Computer Software Engineers: Women's median yearly earnings: $70,252; percentage of men's earnings: 87.3 percent.
  3. Lawyers: Women's median yearly earnings: $78,468; percentage of men's earnings: 77.5 percent.
  4. Chief Executives: Women's median yearly earnings: $83,356; percentage of men's earnings: 80.1 percent.
  5. Pharmacists: Women's median yearly earnings: $85,644; percentage of men's earnings: 84.9 percent.
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Steph84 Steph84 7 years
Yeah, there is something off about the figures for the physicians.... is that only for residents?
julieulie julieulie 7 years
There is obviously something wrong with some of these figures. My husband, as a second year resident, is making over $50,000. There is no way the average salary for an attending, either male or female, is only $64,000.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I've always regretted not going to pharmacy school.
brilliance13 brilliance13 7 years
these estimates seem very low...maybe I got lucky ;p
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
so on average, women are still making 88 cents on the man's dollar. We've come a long way baby.
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