The 20 jobs where women earn the most

There's a lot to celebrate on International Women's Day, including the fields where women not only make up a high percentage of the workforce but where they earn competitive pay doing it.

PayScale recently looked at occupations with the highest median pay for women with five to eight years of experience. To highlight jobs in which women frequently work, it included only those with at least 40% of workers who identify as women.

A number of well-paying healthcare occupations feature high concentrations of women. More than 90% of nurse practitioners and almost half of general physicians are women, for example.

Check out the full list of jobs in which women earn the most:

The 20 jobs where women earn the most
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The 20 jobs where women earn the most

20. Category manager

They determine the layout of products in a store.

Percentage of women: 42%

Median pay: $90,400

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19. User experience researcher

They investigate ways to improve the end-user interaction with computer programs to increase satisfaction, brand loyalty, and overall use.

Percentage of women: 65%

Median pay: $91,300

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18. Senior operations project manager

They fulfill important oversight positions for large firms or companies.

Percentage of women: 42%

Median pay: $91,700

17. Regulatory affairs manager

They review internal policies that usually relate to the manufacturing, testing, marketing, and reliability of products to ensure that they are safe to use and work as intended.

Percentage of women: 67%

Median pay: $91,800

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16. Senior clinical research associate

They handle the day-to-day operations of the clinical investigative phase of drug development.

Percentage of women: 73%

Median pay: $92,900

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15. Internal auditing manager

They perform risk assessments for companies, focusing specifically on the organization's finances.

Percentage of women: 44%

Median pay: $93,000

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14. Nurse practitioner

They are registered nurses who perform many of the same functions as licensed physicians. They are able to treat and diagnose diseases and conditions and prescribe medicines.

Percentage of women: 90%

Median pay: $94,600

13. Adult nurse practitioner

13. Adult nurse practitioner

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They provide healthcare to individuals over the age of 21.

Percentage of women: 92%

Median pay: $95,900

12. Strategy manager

They look at company goals and figure out concrete, realistic methods for achieving those goals.

Percentage of women: 42%

Median pay: $96,500

11. Physician assistant

They are licensed medical professionals and caregivers who typically work in a clinic, doctor's office, or hospital.

Percentage of women: 70%

Median pay: $97,000

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10. Senior user experience designer

They are team leaders who work with designers, product engineers, and product managers to create a friendly and intuitive user experience architecture.

Percentage of women: 41%

Median pay: $99,600

9. Compensation manager

They are responsible for ensuring the efficiency and quality of a company's payroll and employee-compensation programs.

Percentage of women: 62%

Median pay: $100,000

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8. Psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner

They are registered nurses who perform mental health assessments, diagnose mental health disorders, prescribe psychiatric medications as indicated, facilitate talk and group therapy, and follow and manage patients over their life span.

Percentage of women: 84%

Median pay: $104,000

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7. Vice president of human resources

They oversee contracts, develop written policies, monitor compliance with legal issues pertaining to the workforce, and lead a team of employees.

Percentage of women: 70%

Median pay: $105,000

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6. Optometrist

They examine patients' eyes, conducting vision tests and diagnosing and treating sight problems.

Percentage of women: 55%

Median pay: $109,000

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5. Corporate counsel

They work with sales, marketing, and operations by offering appropriate legal and nonlegal advice.

Percentage of women: 47%

Median pay: $115,000

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4. Pharmacist

They dispense drugs to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions.

Percentage of women: 55%

Median pay: $119,000

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3. Vice president of marketing

They determine strategies to improve or maintain the market shares for the goods or services sold.

Percentage of women: 49%

Median pay: $123,000

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2. General pediatrician

They are doctors who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents.

Percentage of women: 74%

Median pay: $152,000

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1. General practice physician

They diagnose and assist patients with routine checkups and examinations.

Percentage of women: 49%

Median pay: $173,000


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