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Highest-Paying Jobs For Women

Gender Gap Update: Good News and Bad News

Well, there’s good news and bad news for the gender wage gap. A new study released by the Institute For Women’s Policy Research lists the top highest-paying jobs for women, and they’re all pretty impressive; we’re not doing too shabby, ladies. Now for the bad news: women still earn less than men in all of these occupations. In fact, women also earn less than men even in traditionally female positions, like secretaries, nurses, and elementary school teachers.

I’m not surprised that we’re still earning less at the top, but the fact that men are outearning women even on our own turf was a little appalling to me. What are your thoughts? To weigh in, and end on a high note with the top five highest-paying jobs for women, keep reading.

The top five highest-paying jobs for women, along with their median weekly pay:

  1. CEO: $1,553 per week
  2. Pharmacist: $1,475 per week
  3. Lawyer: $1,449 per week
  4. IT manager: $1,411 per week
  5. Software engineer: $1,311 per week

Check out CNN Money for the full list.

Join The Conversation
JessRose JessRose 7 years
I agree w/ ShaynaLeah. Mainly I've seen and experienced first-hand other Senior Executive Females who marginalize excellent hard-working smart professional young women b/c they're too frickin' competitive... it's sad. Almost reminds me of the scene in Showgirls where Gina Gershon (sp?) gets pushed down the stairs. :(
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I'm not saying I'm morally above anyone, I'm saying that if I make less money than my male counterparts, it's because I don't care about money as much as they do.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
P.S. For more on the wage gender gap (stats, resources, etc.) check out Life: Forward here on (
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
To be not that interested in money is a luxury that few of us can afford, since money is what finances our children's educations, our retirements, the vacations to see friends and families and is the metric with which we measure our compensation against others - it is disgusting that there are women who have the nerve to claim that they are morally above those women fighting to bridge the wage gap when in fact they are contributing to its continuing existence - handicapping their daughters, sisters, friends, and women everywhere.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I think a lot of it is our own fault. I think we sell ourselves short. We're less likely to ask for raises. And I don't know about other women, but if I were given a promotion with more responsibilities, I'd most likely turn it down. I don't want my life being about my job. Family and friends are more important. I'm just not that interested in money.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I don't think secretary, nurse, and elementary school teacher jobs are really women's turf any more, but this is ridiculous, as always.
SFCA SFCA 7 years
So sad...
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