The music video was directed by Brian Grant, who was one of the first directors in the medium, having done clips for Queen and The Human League the predated MTV. The video for "She Works Hard For The Money" shows various women working difficult jobs - nurse, housekeeper, waitress - and then joining together in the end for a group dance. According to Summer, this was to show that they have overcome their challenges and succeeded.
The video was very popular on MTV, airing a few months after Michael Jackson broke the MTV color barrier with "Billie Jean
." Summer became the first black female singer to land a video in hot rotation on the network.