The 20 Best-Paying Jobs for Women Right Now

Apr 12, 2016

It's Equal Pay Day, the symbolic point in the year that marks how long the average women has to work in the new year to catch up to the average man's earnings from the previous year—given that women make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes in the U.S.

So how can we beat the wage gap? Some companies, including Salesforce and Buffer, are taking it upon themselves to evaluate how (and how much) they're paying employees, and are committed to bridging the gap from within, one employee at a time. Other experts think it's less about what employers can do, and more important for women to take it upon themselves to ask for more (and hope they don't get penalized for being "too aggressive"). Still others suggest a radical rethinking of how compensation works across all companies.

As we wait for the structural issues to play out, what better way to wage war against the wage gap than by making a lot of money? As Beyoncé reminds us, the best revenge (against deeply ingrained gender discrimination) is your paper.

To that end, here are the 20 best-paying jobs for women who don't make millions headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. We used data from PayScale's report on the best-paying jobs for women with five to eight years of experience, which included only those fields in which women hold at least 40% of the jobs.

These are the 20 best-paying professions for women right now:

OccupationWomen's Median Yearly Cash Compensation
Total, full-time wage and salary workers (per BLS)$39,624
Physician / Doctor, General Practice$165,000
Pediatrician, General$154,000
Pharmacist$117,000
Corporate Counsel$115,000
Vice President (VP), Marketing$106,000
Optometrist$105,000
Vice President (VP), Human Resources (HR)$103,000
Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)$101,000
Internal Auditing Manager$96,100
Physician Assistant (PA)$94,600
Compliance Director$93,400
Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)$93,000
Nurse Practitioner (NP)$92,900
Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)$92,200
Category Manager$90,300
Project Management Director$89,300
Senior Marketing Manager$88,200
Product Marketing Manager$87,700
Auditing Manager$87,000
Associate Attorney$86,800

Read Next: These Are the States Where Women Earn the Most Money

MONEY may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.

Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: http://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/html/tandc/indexestandcs.html. S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions