Although the gender wage gap has been steadily closing, many still believe that there aren’t enough high-paying jobs for women and it’s difficult to balance your career with your family life. However, if you know where to look, you can find lucrative careers that don’t require long hours or relocation. Here are some of the highest paying jobs for women.
If you’re looking to become a physician assistant, this is your industry. PA’s often get jobs in areas like emergency medicine, critical care, surgery and pediatrics. While salaries differ depending on which specialty area you work in, PAs working at the top tier earn an average salary of $105,260 according to PayScale.
*Note – this job is not considered ‘low stress’ so if that’s something that is important to you then please keep in mind while deciding what field to go into.
A pharmacist is a health professional who has graduated from a school of pharmacy and works in a community drugstore, hospital or other institution. They work to ensure safe distribution of prescription medication and can help people by answering questions and filling out paperwork. Pharmacists can also be considered medically trained. Salaries vary depending on location and level of experience, but they usually range from $62,000 to $140,000 annually.
Based on Glassdoor’s research, there’s been a major shift in which industry employs the most women. If you’re not ready to take on a role that requires more hands-on care and personal contact, female programmers are making bank with an average salary of $85,000 a year. If writing isn’t your thing but computers are, then consider one of these 10 high-paying careers for women.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
We hear it all the time–leadership positions are dominated by men. But that’s starting to change.
One-third of all chief executives are now women, and many of them are doing well financially. Our friends at Glassdoor have assembled a list of CEOs from public companies who made more than $4 million in 2017. Read on to see who tops this very exclusive list!
General/ Operations Manager
In recent years, there has been a push to correct pay inequity between men and women, and some companies have publicly pledged that they will no longer practice it. But in certain occupations like General or Operations Manager, the trend still persists. According to Glassdoor data from September 2018, female workers are earning less than men in this position. On average, female managers make $110,000 per year while their male counterparts make an average of $121,000.
There are certain careers that pay people more than others. This is true in any field but it’s particularly noticeable in sales. As a sales manager, you’ll work with many different teams and individuals, but your primary responsibility will be to foster relationships with your clients. Once you have a client on board, it’s your job to provide them with service and guidance so they can succeed in their career goals while also helping maintain relationships with them as they climb higher on the corporate ladder.
One of the highest paying jobs for women is an actuary. An actuary’s job is to assess risk, measure it, and manage it. Actuaries can work with insurance companies, banks, or healthcare providers to manage risks and help them get a handle on their clients’ well-being. As actuaries require higher levels of education than some other professions, most actuaries tend to be men.
As a statistician, you spend your time analyzing and interpreting data to help determine facts about how society functions. As one of the most gender diverse professions in STEM fields, statistics is also one of the highest paying. Male or female, if you’re good at math and analytical thinking this is a rewarding career choice.
A career as an orthodontist has significant educational requirements, but it is a high-paying profession and can lead to earning much more than an average doctor. To become an orthodontist, a person must first complete both undergraduate and graduate dental school, followed by a three-year residency in orthodontics.
According to U.S. News and World Report, anesthesiologists rank at number 4 on their list of highest paying jobs. Anesthesiologists provide expertise in administering medications during surgery, with expert skills in using sedatives, analgesics, and muscle relaxants. They are also proficient in performing life-saving procedures like CPR or establishing intravenous lines.