These Are The Highest Paying Jobs For Women In 2017

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The pay gap is real, but these are the best paying jobs among women, according to data collected by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Although the gender pay gap remains an obstacle for women in the workforce — with the national average currently at 18 percent, according to Forbes — there are many hardworking ladies who are “bringing home the bacon,” so to speak, in competitive, well-paying careers.

These women are well on their way to shattering the glass ceiling once and for all by challenging limits placed upon them by society and positively influencing the aspirations of younger generations of women.

Recently, Forbes released a list of the highest-paying jobs for women in 2017 based on data collected by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Several positions in health care landed on the list, but, disappointingly, not as physicians and surgeons. In 2016, women doctors made a median annual earning of only $76,752, while men in the same positions made $121,386, showing a pay gap of a whopping 37 percent.

These dismal numbers indicate that, despite there being high-paying opportunities for women within the medical field, there is still much work to be done to change the status quo.  

Take a look through the top seven occupations that made the cut:

1) Chief Executive Officers

Female ceo holding sign

Median Annual Earnings: $97,552

Percent of jobs held by women: 28 percent

2) Pharmacists

Female pharmacist

Annual Earnings: $95,628

Percent of jobs held by women: 60 percent

3) Nurse Practitioners

Female nurse practitioner

Median Annual Earnings: $91,156

Percent of jobs held by women: 92 percent

4) Computer and Information Systems Managers

Young woman sitting in front of computer

Median Annual Earnings: $87,360

Percent of jobs held by women: 25 percent

5) Lawyers

Young black career woman

Median Annual Earnings: $84,188

Percent of jobs held by women: 40 percent

6) Software Developers (Applications and System Software)

Female software developer at computer

Median Annual Earnings: $80,756

Percent of jobs held by women: 20 percent

7) Physician Assistants

Woman physician assistant

Median Annual Earnings: $80,444

Percent of jobs held by women: 67 percent 

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