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by Aman Singh Das | June 30, 2009

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Forbes.com released a list of the top-10 highest paying jobs for women today. Based on the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau 2008 analysis, this list has its share of shockers. Like No. 2: CEOs with a median annual income of $83,356. Surprising when we can literally count the number of women at the helm at Fortune 500 companies.

What is encouraging though is that the gap between salaries for men and women colleagues has closed somewhat with the report pegging it at having narrowed by 10 percentage points since 1990. However, the gap remains large when we move from percentages and see the sheer numbers. Ten million men occupy the highest-paying bracket while only 3.5 million women share the same bracket.

No.1? Pharmacists. The lists rounds off with computer software engineers, lawyers, speech language pathologists, surgeons and physicians, HR managers and management analysts.

Want career advice on how to enter one of these fields? Keep in mind that not all of these careers require many years of study and research. Just some motivation and the right advice. So, visit Vault's Career Services site and check out how to make it all work. To make this a dialogue and see what other women in corporate America have to say, visit our Discussions section. We love to hear from you so please leave a comment!

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