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How Much Do They Make?
Earnings Data for 2008

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 $37,544 $41,496 $33,176 79.95% 106,648,000 59,439,000 47,209,000 44.27%
Accountant 51,012 61,256 47,216 77.08% 1,494,000 591,000 904,000 60.51%
Bartender 26,104 30,992 23,764 76.68% 204,000 96,000 108,000 52.94%
Bookkeeper 31,512 33,540 31,356 93.49% 950,000 85,000 865,000 91.05%
Bus Driver 29,172 31,460 26,364 83.80% 372,000 201,000 171,000 45.97%
Computer Programmer 63,336 65,572 52,156 79.54% 470,000 365,000 105,000 22.34%
Doctor 90,012 99,372 63,960 64.36% 594,000 405,000 189,000 31.82%
Engineer 64,688 66,872 52,052 77.84% 2,652,000 2,319,000 334,000 12.59%
Farm Laborer 20,488 20,904 17,992 86.07% 564,000 481,000 83,000 14.72%
Firefighter 50,440 50,700

N/A

N/A

283,000 270,000 13,000 4.59%
Lawyer 91,052 97,500 78,468 80.48% 645,000 398,000 247,000 38.29%
Librarian 45,656

N/A

42,172

N/A

136,000 25,000 111,000 81.62%
Plumber 40,768 40,820 N/A N/A 492,000 484,000 8,000 1.63%
Police/Sheriff 46,436 48,308 38,012 78.69% 674,000 573,000 101,000 14.99%
Real Estate Sales 41,288 49,504 35,464 71.64% 462,000 211,000 251,000 54.33%
Registered Nurse 53,144 60,736 52,572 86.56% 2,114,000 210,000 1,904,000 90.07%
School Administrator 60,840 72,696 52,000 71.53% 725,000 278,000 447,000 61.66%
Secretary 32,032 38,272 31,928 83.42% 2,575,000 90,000 2,485,000 96.50%
Teacher 47,177 51,703 46,037 89.04% 3,713,000 990,000 2,723,000 73.34%
Waiter 20,332 22,672 19,084 84.17% 852,000 292,000 560,000 65.73%
               
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Bill Collector 31,460 32,136 31,044 96.60% 206,000 67,000 139,000 67.48%
Butcher 25,480 26,624 22,360 83.98% 303,000 223,000 81,000 26.73%
Cashier 18,720 20,748 18,148 87.47% 1,376,000 359,000 1,018,000 73.98%
Mail Carrier 47,216 48,828 41,756 85.52% 338,000 237,000 101,000 29.88%
               
Test                
               
Social Worker 40,768 42,224 40,508 95.94% 639,000 135,000 503,000 78.72%
Reporter 49,244 N/A N/A N/A 68,000 43,000 25,000 36.76%
Cook 20,280 21,008 18,876 89.85% 1,312,000 832,000 480,000 36.59%
Maid 19,656 22,672 19,292 85.09% 847,000 105,000 742,000 87.60%

 

Source: Median Weekly Earnings of full-time wage and salary workers in 2008
            U.S. Department of Labor EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS January 2009, page 251
            http://www.bls.gov/opub/ee/empearn200901.pdf

            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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