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Earnings Data for 2001

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 $31,044 $34,944 $26,572 76.04% 99,599,000 55,928,000 43,671,000 43.85%
Accountant 40,196 49,608 35,724 72.01% 1,374,000 581,000 793,000 57.71%
Bartender 19,188 21,216 17,576 82.84% 178,000 89,000  89,000 50.00%
Bookkeeper 24,804 26,312 24,648 93.68% 1,058,000 83,000 975,000 92.16%
Bus Driver 23,920  25,324  21,580 85.22% 346,000 203,000 143,000 41.33%
Computer Programmer 49,504  50,700  45,084 88.92% 602,000 438,000 164,000 27.24%
Doctor 65,416  73,320  49,816 67.94% 494,000 333,000 161,000 32.59%
Engineer 59,384  59,748  53,144 88.95% 1,979,000 1,787,000 191,000 9.65%
Farm Laborer 16,276  16,588  14,768 89.03% 491,000 421,000 70,000 14.26%
Firefighter 41,340  41,236

N/A

N/A

242,000

235,000

  6,000

 2.48%

Lawyer 72,696  80,444  55,796 69.36% 572,000 377,000 195,000 34.09%
Librarian 37,752

N/A

 37,076

N/A

159,000

27,000

132,000

83.02%
Plumber 34,944 35,048

N/A

N/A

466,000

458,000

  8,000

 1.72%

Police/Detective 49,348  50,440

N/A

N/A

111,000

100,000

 11,000

 9.91%

Real Estate Sales 38,844  43,576  36,140 82.94% 382,000 184,000 198,000 51.83%
Registered Nurse 43,108  48,516  42,640 87.89% 1,604,000 145,000 1,459,000 90.96%
School Administrator 49,140  61,828  42,588 68.88% 717,000 272,000 445,000 62.06%
Secretary 24,700

N/A

 24,700

N/A

1,846,000

 25,000

1,821,000

98.65%
Teacher 37,960  40,560  36,764 90.64% 4,421,000 1,189,000 3,232,000 73.11%
Waiter 17,212 18,876  16,484 87.33% 558,000 162,000 396,000 70.97%
               
Test Preparation                
Bill Collector 25,012

26,208

24,336

92.86%

197,000

 61,000

136,000

69.04%
Butcher 23,140  24,492

N/A

N/A

200,000

168,000

33,000

16.50%
Cashier 15,548  17,004  15,184 89.30% 1,383,000 309,000 1,075,000 77.73%
Mail Carrier 37,492  39,156  33,332 85.13% 317,000 225,000  91,000 28.71%
               
Test                
Social Worker 33,488  35,204  32,760 93.06% 711,000 211,000 500,000 70.32%
Reporter 39,624  45,032  36,660 81.41% 230,000 112,000 118,000 51.30%
Cook 16,952  18,044  15,860 87.90% 1,382,000 836,000 546,000 39.51%
Maid 16,432  20,020  16,016 80.00% 471,000  96,000 375,000 79.62%

Source: Median Weekly Earnings of full-time wage and salary workers in 2001
            U.S. Department of Labor EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS January 2002

            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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