Top 20 Best-Paying Jobs For Women In 2015

by Banks.com Contributor

Forbes has published its annual ranking of the best-paying jobs for women this year. Topping the list are careers in science, engineering, and healthcare.

Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Forbes looked at the median (i.e. average) weekly earnings of full-time workers in 2014, broken down by occupation and gender. Occupations that employed less than 2,000 women in 2014 were excluded from this ranking.

Each of the jobs listed below pays an average weekly salary of $1,520 or more. That adds up to an annual salary around $80,000 or more.

20. Aircraft Mechanic & Service Technician

Median weekly earnings: $1,520
Approximate median annual earnings: $79,040
Women as percentage of the profession: 3%

19. Natural Sciences Manager

Median weekly earnings: $1,522
Approximate median annual earnings: $79,144
Women as percentage of the profession: 56%

18. Computer & Information Systems Manager

Median weekly earnings: $1,529
Approximate median annual earnings: $79,508
Women as percentage of the profession: 27%

17. Sociologist

Median weekly earnings: $1,536
Approximate median annual earnings: $79,872
Women as percentage of the profession: 80%

16. Aerospace Engineer

Median weekly earnings: $1,547
Approximate median annual earnings: $80,444
Women as percentage of the profession: 15%

15. Chief Executive

Median weekly earnings: $1,572
Approximate median annual earnings: $81,744
Women as percentage of the profession: 26%

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14. Lawyer

Median weekly earnings: $1,590
Approximate median annual earnings: $82,680
Women as percentage of the profession: 34%

13. Nurse Practitioner

Median weekly earnings: $1,682
Approximate median annual earnings: $87,464
Women as percentage of the profession: 90%

12. Economist

Median weekly earnings: $1,696
Approximate median annual earnings: $88,192
Women as percentage of the profession: 44%

11. Electrical & Electronics Engineer

Median weekly earnings: $1,729
Approximate median annual earnings: $89,908
Women as percentage of the profession: 11%

10. Architectural & Engineering Managers

Median weekly earnings: $1,734
Approximate median annual earnings: $90,168
Women as percentage of the profession: 6%

9. Nuclear Technician

Median weekly earnings: $1,754
Approximate median annual earnings: $91,208
Women as percentage of the profession: 100%

8. Helper, Construction Trades

Median weekly earnings: $1,779
Approximate median annual earnings: $92,508
Women as percentage of the profession: 4%

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7. Upholsterer

Median weekly earnings: $1,834
Approximate median annual earnings: $95,368
Women as percentage of the profession: 9%

6. Pharmacist

Median weekly earnings: $1,902
Approximate median annual earnings: $98,904
Women as percentage of the profession: 52%

5. Petroleum Engineer

Median weekly earnings: $2,019
Approximate median annual earnings: $104,988
Women as percentage of the profession: 25%

4. Nurse Anesthetist

Median weekly earnings: $2,201
Approximate median annual earnings: $114,452
Women as percentage of the profession: 63%

3. Astronomer & Physicist

Median weekly earnings: $2,284
Approximate median annual earnings: $118,768
Women as percentage of the profession: 25%

2. Miscellaneous Math & Science Occupations

Median weekly earnings: $2,479
Approximate median annual earnings: $128,908
Women as percentage of the profession: 67%

1. Sales Engineer

Median weekly earnings: $2,586
Approximate median annual earnings: $134,472
Women as percentage of the profession: 5%

 

SOURCE: Forbes