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How Much Do They Make?
Earnings Data for 2000

Use the data below if you want to update the activity's handouts.  N/A means that no data is available as fewer than 50,000 people fell into this category.

Median Annual Earnings Number Employed
Overall Male Female Female
/ Male *
Total Male Female Female
/ Total
All Occupations $29,952 $33,592 $25,532 76.01% 99,917,000 56,273,000 43,644,000 43.68%
Accountant 39,832 49,556 35,880 72.40% 1,311,000 526,000 785,000 59.88%
Bartender 18,252 19,240 17,472 90.81% 214,000 121,000 93,000 43.46%
Bookkeeper 25,116 28,028 24,856 88.68% 1,119,000 105,000 1,014,000 90.62%
Bus Driver 23,920 26,312 20,852 79.25% 328,000 180,000 148,000 45.12%
Computer Programmer 49,088 50,336 45,136 89.67% 628,000 465,000 163,000 25.96%
Doctor 69,680 80,756 46,748 57.89% 461,000 317,000 144,000 31.24%
Engineer 57,408 58,552 49,348 84.28% 1,998,000 1,788,000 210,000 10.51%
Farm Laborer 16,068 16,276 14,612 89.78% 589,000 508,000 81,000 13.75%
Firefighter 41,704 41,860

N/A

N/A

226,000 218,000 8,000 3.54%
Lawyer 67,808 74,828 54,756 73.18% 565,000 400,000 165,000 29.20%
Librarian 34,684

N/A

34,164

N/A

173,000 25,000 148,000 85.55%
Plumber 33,488 33,488

N/A

N/A

450,000 444,000 7,000 1.56%
Police/Detective 47,216 48,932

N/A

N/A

114,000 97,000 17,000 14.91%
Real Estate Sales 37,076 46,280 30,420 65.73% 357,000 154,000 204,000 57.14%
Registered Nurse 41,080 46,280 40,664 87.87% 1,518,000 133,000 1,385,000 91.24%
School Administrator 48,828 57,096 43,004 75.32% 736,000 265,000 471,000 63.99%
Secretary 23,452

N/A

23,400

N/A

2,023,000 21,000 2,002,000 98.96%
Teacher 36,972 43,004 34,996 81.38% 4,255,000 1,089,000 3,166,000 74.41%
Waiter 16,380 17,992 15,652 86.99% 595,000 184,000 411,000 69.08%
               
Test Preparation                
Bill Collector 24,648

N/A

24,596

N/A

140,000 42,000 98,000 70.00%
Butcher 21,528 23,712 18,460 77.85% 249,000 173,000 76,000 30.52%
Cashier 14,820 16,276 14,352 88.18% 1,368,000 321,000 1,046,000 76.46%
Mail Carrier 37,596 38,428 33,904 88.23% 323,000 236,000 86,000 26.63%
               
Test                
Social Worker 31,304 33,124 30,628 92.46% 734,000 211,000 523,000 71.25%
Reporter 38,584 41,340 37,336 90.31% 210,000 103,000 107,000 50.95%
Cook 16,120 16,848 15,080 89.51% 1,313,000 781,000 532,000 40.52%
Maid 15,808 18,096 15,444 85.34% 470,000 96,000 374,000 79.57%

Source: Median Weekly Earnings of full-time wage and salary workers in 2000
            U.S. Department of Labor EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS January 2001

            Each earnings number in the above table is the median weekly earnings multiplied by 52.

* If you drop the % sign, the contents of the Female / Male column in this table can be thought of as the amount women earned for every $100 earned by men.


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