For numerous reasons, the highest paying jobs in America are different for women than men. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) collects detailed compensation data by occupation, revealing the roles where women made the most and how much men earned for the same positions. It doesn’t report numbers for occupations with less than 50,000 workers.
Chief executive was the top-earning role among females, with median annual wages of $97,552 in 2016. Male CEOs made $125,788, or 22% more. There were about 318,000 women CEOs in the U.S. last year, which may sound high, but men held 832,000 chief executive posts. Among firms in the S&P 500, a stock market index of large U.S. companies, only 6% of CEOs are women.
Several health care positions made a showing on the list. For women, nurse practitioners were the third-highest earners, making $91,156. Women comprise a whopping 92% of all nurse practitioners.
Tech jobs claimed three spots among the top-paying roles for women, including computer and information systems managers, software developers and engineers. Computer and informations systems managers, which have a higher representation of women than the other two tech roles, showed a strikingly small pay gap of 4%. Among software developers and engineers, the pay gap is 16 - 17%.
Architectural and engineering managers
• Earnings among men: $117,780
• % of jobs held by men: 94%
• Earnings among men: $98,852
• % of jobs held by men: 80%
• Earnings among men: $95,992
• % of jobs held by men: 92%
Information security analysts
• Earnings among men: $94,952
• % of jobs held by men: 76%