There are lots of high paying occupations for women. Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? And what does gender bias have to do with income? Neither choice of field nor lack of ambition can explain why there are so few women in high level positions in corporations. The good news is there are several careers that actually do bring in high salaries for women. Here is the U.S. Department of Labor’s latest rankings of high paying occupations for women.
Chief executives work in a wide range of private and public sector industries. They earn the highest salary of all management positions, but they also work extremely long hours. The median annual income for female CEOs is $95,500.
This job involves managing and dispensing prescribed medications to patients. And pharmacists offer advice on medication usage as well. The position requires a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a license to practice. The median annual income is $95,628.
3. Nurse Practitioner
This job involves coordinating patient care while working independently or in collaboration with physicians. Nurse practitioners must have a Master’s degree in the field and a state license. The median annual income is $91,156.
4. Computer and Information Systems Manager
These managers devise, coordinate, implement and analyze computer projects. They work on software and hardware and earn a median annual salary of $87,860.
Attorneys represent and counsel clients on legal disputes and issues. Becoming an attorney requires a Bachelor’s degree and the completion of three years of law school. Candidates must also take and pass their state’s bar examination before they can practice. The median annual salary for this job is $84,188.