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
Median Annual Earnings: $97,552
Percent of jobs held by women: 28 percent
Annual Earnings: $95,628
Percent of jobs held by women: 60 percent
3) Nurse Practitioners
Median Annual Earnings: $91,156
Percent of jobs held by women: 92 percent
4) Computer and Information Systems Managers
Median Annual Earnings: $87,360
Percent of jobs held by women: 25 percent
Median Annual Earnings: $84,188
Percent of jobs held by women: 40 percent
6) Software Developers (Applications and System Software)
Median Annual Earnings: $80,756
Percent of jobs held by women: 20 percent
7) Physician Assistants
Median Annual Earnings: $80,444
Percent of jobs held by women: 67 percent
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