Chief executives plan, coordinate, and oversee a company's operations. They work to ensure that their companies meet their goals. Chief executives work in a variety of public and private-sector industries.
Although they earn, on average, the highest salary of all management positions, they also work extremely long hours and are essentially responsible for the success of their companies.
Female chief executives earned a median annual income of $97,552.
Pharmacists manage and dispense medications to patients who have received a prescription from their doctors. Pharmacists also offer advice on medication usage.
While most pharmacists work in grocery and drug store pharmacies, others are employed in hospitals or in clinical settings.
Pharmacists must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and also must be licensed. Pharmacists can obtain licensure by passing two professional exams.
Female pharmacists in the survey made a median amount $95,628 per year.
Nurse practitioners coordinate patient care. Working independently or in collaboration with physicians, nurse practitioners provide either primary or specialty health care. They are also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and must have at least a master's degree in the field, and a state license.
Female nurse practitioners earned a median annual income of $91,156.
Computer and Information Systems Managers—also known as Information Technology Managers—devise, coordinate, implement and analyze computer-related projects.
Their responsibilities may involve direct work in both software and hardware, web design database development, as well as the overarching job of designing a company's IT approaches and strategies.
Most IT managers possess a bachelor's degree in a related field, although many possess more specific graduate degrees.
Female IT managers earned a median annual income of $87,360.
Lawyers counsel and represent individual clients, businesses, non-profits, or government organizations on legal issues or in legal disputes. Becoming a lawyer requires a four-year bachelor's degree and three years of law school training.
In order to work professionally in the United States, lawyers must take and pass their state's bar examination.
Female attorneys earned a median income of $84,188.
Software developers create and help devise computer programs. They do everything from analyzing users' needs to designing applications and helping write code to improve existing software.
Female software developers earned a median annual income of $80,756.
Physician Assistants (PAs) assess the medical status of patients, diagnose illnesses/injuries and recommend treatments. They work in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and group medical practices. PAs consult with physicians and refer complex cases to physicians, surgeons, and specialists.
Women PAs earned a median annual income of $80,444 in 2016.
Physicians examine patients, diagnose medical conditions, prescribe medications and devise treatment plans. They intervene to treat emergencies, revive accident victims, and stop bleeding.
Female physicians earned a median annual income of $76,752 in 2016.
Engineers design, modify and repair chemical, electrical, computer, mechanical, and other physical structures. They specialize in areas like civil, mechanical, computer, electrical, and chemical engineering.
Women engineers earned a median annual income of $72,852 in 2016.
Human resources managers are responsible for recruiting, interviewing and hiring new members of a company's employee team.
In addition, they may be involved in other aspects of employee relations, including payroll, benefits, and training. Human resources workers must also be equipped to handle workplace conflict and be ready to resolve disputes.
Female human resources employees earned a median annual income of $66,716 in 2016.
High Paying Careers for Women
The question of how much money women make continues to be a significant issue. Although the focus around women's paychecks tend to be centered on how they match up to those of men, there are also discrepancies between what women in different careers make compared to one another.
According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 report, there is a varied range of careers that bring in high salaries for women: healthcare occupations, law, management, and technology jobs are among the top money-making positions.
Read on for the Department of Labor's ranking of the high earning occupations for women, based on median annual wages.