Some people choose their occupation, and others have their occupation choose them. Those lucky enough to be following their passion or dream jobs, such as artists, are usually not persuaded by the amount of money they temporarily earn on their way to the top of their field; though deep down most of them dream of hitting it big like one of their heroes when the chips are down. In any case, these lucky few are hopelessly in love with their craft, and most of them will not, seriously consider changing their occupation to save their lives. The information on this page can be used to compare how different occupations can help pay the bills in the United States, especially for those of us on planet earth who are willing to sacrifice our inner artists for a fatter paycheck. See what you could possibly be earning if you had followed your passion, or in the very least, listened to your parents and pursued what you thought could have been an excruciatingly boring career.
You can compare up to 4 occupations by using the controls below to select an occupation and the type of gender you are interested in comparing. Just select any occupation, select the gender you are interested in comparing and click on the
Add Occupation button to get that occupation added to the visualization and table below. If at any point you decide that you want to exclude any of the selected occupations from the comparison, which you should definitely try, because it is a fun thing to do, just click on the small 'x' button in the selected occupation. Mind you, the information presented here is based on recent data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If you are however, just interested in seeing the difference in the median weekly earnings by gender for a given occupation, and to see for yourself how men really do earn more than women in almost all conceivable occupations in the United States, you can see that information for
many occupations at the following link. Accountants and Auditors Actors Actuaries Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders Administrative Services Managers Advertising Sales Agents Advertising and Promotions Managers Aerospace Engineers Agents and Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Agricultural Engineers Agricultural Inspectors Agricultural Products Graders and Sorters Agricultural and Food Science Technicians Agricultural and Food Scientists Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians Animal Breeders Animal Caretakers Animal Control Workers Animal Trainers Announcers Architects, Except Naval Architectural and Engineering Managers Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians Artists and Related Workers Astronomers and Physicists Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers Atmospheric and Space Scientists Audiologists Automotive Body and Related Repairers Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants Avionics Technicians Baggage Porters, Bellhops, and Concierges Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers Bakers Barbers Bartenders Bill and Account Collectors Billing and Posting Clerks Biological Scientists Biological Technicians Biomedical Engineers Boilermakers Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons Bridge and Lock Tenders Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators Brokerage Clerks Budget Analysts Bus Drivers Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters Cargo and Freight Agents Carpenters Carpet, Floor, and Tile Installers and Finishers Cashiers Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers, and Terrazzo Workers Chefs and Head Cooks Chemical Engineers Chemical Processing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Chemical Technicians Chemists and Materials Scientists Chief Executives Childcare Workers Chiropractors Civil Engineers Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators Cleaners Of Vehicles and Equipment Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders Clergy Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food Commercial Divers Compensation and Benefits Managers Compliance Officers Computer Hardware Engineers Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers and Operators Computer Programmers Computer Scientists and Systems Analysts Computer Support Specialists Computer Systems Analysts Computer and Information Research Scientists Computer and Information Systems Managers Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers Conservation Scientists and Foresters Construction Laborers Construction Managers Construction Trades Helpers Construction and Building Inspectors Control and Valve Installers and Repairers Conveyor Operators and Tenders Cooks Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders Correctional Officers and Jailers Correspondence Clerks Cost Estimators Counselors Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop Counter and Rental Clerks Couriers and Messengers Court, Municipal, and License Clerks Crane and Tower Operators Credit Analysts Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks Credit Counselors and Loan Officers Crossing Guards and Flaggers Crushing, Grinding, Polishing, Mixing, and Blending Workers Customer Service Representatives Cutting Workers Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Dancers and Choreographers Data Entry Keyers Database Administrators and Architects Dental Assistants Dental Hygienists Dental and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians and Medical Appliance Technicians Dentists Designers Desktop Publishers Detectives and Criminal Investigators Diagnostic Related Technologists and Technicians Dietitians and Nutritionists Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers Dishwashers Dispatchers Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance Door-to-door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers Drafters Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operators Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Driver/sales Workers and Truck Drivers Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas Economists Editors Education and Childcare Administrators Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers Electrical Power-line Installers and Repairers Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electrical, Electronics, and Electromechanical Assemblers Electricians Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers Elementary and Middle School Teachers Elevator Installers and Repairers Embalmers, Crematory Operators and Funeral Attendants Emergency Management Directors Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Engine and Other Machine Assemblers Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters Entertainment and Recreation Managers Environmental Engineers Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists Etchers and Engravers Exercise Physiologists Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers Farm Products Buyers and Purchasing Agents Farm, Ranch, and Other Agricultural Managers Fast Food and Counter Workers Fence Erectors File Clerks Financial Analysts Financial Examiners Financial Managers Financial and Investment Analysts Fire Inspectors Firefighters First-line Supervisors Of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers First-line Supervisors Of Correctional Officers First-line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers First-line Supervisors Of Food Preparation and Serving Workers First-line Supervisors Of Gaming Workers First-line Supervisors Of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers First-line Supervisors Of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers First-line Supervisors Of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers First-line Supervisors Of Non-retail Sales Workers First-line Supervisors Of Office and Administrative Support Workers First-line Supervisors Of Personal Service Workers First-line Supervisors Of Police and Detectives First-line Supervisors Of Production and Operating Workers First-line Supervisors Of Retail Sales Workers Fish and Game Wardens Fishers and Related Fishing Workers Food Batchmakers Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Food Preparation Workers Food Servers, Nonrestaurant Food Service Managers Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders Forest and Conservation Workers Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Funeral Home Managers Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders Furniture Finishers Gambling Cage Workers Gambling Services Workers General and Operations Managers Geoscience and Environmental Science Technicians Glaziers Government Programs Eligibility Interviewers Graphic Designers Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Pl Grounds Maintenance Workers Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists Hazardous Materials Removal Workers Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioner Support Technicians Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians and Mechanics Helpers, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers Helpers, Production Workers Helpers--extraction Workers Highway Maintenance Workers Hoist and Winch Operators Home Appliance Repairers Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping Human Resources Managers Human Resources Workers Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists Hunters and Trappers Industrial Engineers, Including Health and Safety Industrial Production Managers Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Industrial and Refractory Machinery Mechanics Industrial and Utility Electrical and Electronics Repairers Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers Insulation Workers Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks Insurance Sales Agents Insurance Underwriters Janitors and Building Cleaners Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers Job Printers Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers Judicial Law Clerks Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Laundry and Dry-cleaning Workers Lawyers Legal Occupations Legislators Librarians and Media Collections Specialists Library Assistants, Clerical Library Technicians Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Loan Interviewers and Clerks Locksmiths and Safe Repairers Locomotive Engineers and Operators Lodging Managers Logging Workers Logisticians Machine Feeders and Offbearers Machinery Maintenance Workers Machinists Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service Management Analysts Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists Market and Survey Researchers Marketing Managers Marketing and Sales Managers Massage Therapists Materials Engineers Mathematicians Mechanical Engineers Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Medical Scientists Medical Transcriptionists Medical and Health Services Managers Metal and Plastic Layout Workers Metal and Plastic Model Makers and Patternmakers Metal and Plastic Molders and Molding Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Metal and Plastic Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders Meter Readers, Utilities Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Millwrights Mine Shuttle Car Operators Mining Machine Operators Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers Miscellaneous Community and Social Service Specialists Miscellaneous Construction and Related Workers Miscellaneous Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers Miscellaneous Health Technologists and Technicians Miscellaneous Legal Support Workers Miscellaneous Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians Miscellaneous Media and Communication Workers Miscellaneous Personal Appearance Workers Miscellaneous Plant and System Operators Miscellaneous Social Scientists and Related Workers Miscellaneous Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers Models, Demonstrators, and Product Promoters Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers Motion Picture Projectionists Motor Vehicles Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers Natural Sciences Managers Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Network and Computer Systems Administrators New Accounts Clerks News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists Nuclear Engineers Nuclear Technicians Nurse Anesthetists Nursing Assistants Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides Office Clerks, General Office Machine Operators, Except Computer Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other Oil and Gas Derrick, Rotary Drill, and Service Unit Operators Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators Operations Research Analysts Opticians, Dispensing Optometrists Order Clerks Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders Packers and Packagers, Hand Painters, Construction and Maintenance Painting Workers Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Paperhangers Paralegals and Legal Assistants Parking Attendants Parking Enforcement Workers Parts Salespersons Passenger Attendants Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Personal Care Aides Personal Care and Service Occupations Personal Financial Advisors Pest Control Workers Petroleum Engineers Pharmacists Pharmacy Aides Pharmacy Technicians Photographers Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides Physical Therapists Physician Assistants Physicians and Surgeons Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Plasterers and Stucco Masons Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Podiatrists Police Officers Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers Postal Service Clerks Postal Service Mail Carriers Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators Postmasters and Mail Superintendents Postsecondary Teachers Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers Prepress Technicians and Workers Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials Print Binding and Finishing Workers Printing Machine Operators Private Detectives and Investigators Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists Procurement Clerks Producers and Directors Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks Project Management Specialists Proofreaders and Copy Markers Property Appraisers and Assessors Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers Psychologists Public Relations Specialists Public Relations and Fundraising Managers Pumping Station Operators Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products Purchasing Managers Radiation Therapists Radio and Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Radiologic Technologists and Technicians Rail-track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents Receptionists and Information Clerks Recreation and Fitness Workers Recreational Therapists Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors Registered Nurses Religious Activities and Education Directors Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks Residential Advisors Respiratory Therapists Retail Salespersons Riggers Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Roofers Roustabouts, Oil and Gas Sailors and Marine Oilers Sales Engineers Sales Managers Sales Representatives Of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Travel, and Financial Services Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood School Bus Drivers Secondary School Teachers Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers Semiconductor Processors Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners Sewing Machine Operators Sheet Metal Workers Ship Engineers Ship and Boat Captains and Operators Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers Signal and Track Switch Repairers Small Engine Mechanics Social Science Research Assistants Social Workers Social and Community Service Managers Sociologists Software Developers Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software Special Education Teachers Speech-language Pathologists Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators Statistical Assistants Statisticians Stockers and Order Fillers Structural Iron and Steel Workers Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Subway, Streetcar, and Other Rail Transportation Workers Supervisors Of Transportation and Material Moving Workers Survey Researchers Surveying and Mapping Technicians Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service Synthetic and Glass Fibers Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Tailors, Dressmakers, and Sewers Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents Tax Preparers Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs Teacher Assistants Technical Writers Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers Telemarketers Telephone Operators Television, Video, and Film Camera Operators and Editors Tellers Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Tire Builders Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners Tool and Die Makers Tour and Travel Guides Training and Development Specialists Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers Transit and Railroad Police Transportation Attendants Transportation Inspectors Transportation Security Screeners Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers Travel Agents Upholsterers Urban and Regional Planners Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers Veterinarians Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers Waiters and Waitresses Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators Web Developers Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing Word Processors and Typists Writers and Authors Both Genders Men Women Add Occupation Bartenders (Both Genders) Waiters and Waitresses (Both Genders)