What? Did you think we were going to give you upbeat news on Equal PayDay? We may put a “Happy” in front of Equal PayDay but the purpose of this day is to mark the fact that women still only earn 77% for each dollar earned annually by men and 82% of each dollar earned weekly. And new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), shows that women have lower median earnings than men in all but one of the 20 most common occupations for women.
The data, which you can see here, broke down the gender gaps between the most common jobs served by women and the most common jobs served by men. We’re going to highlight the occupations more commonly served by women and show you which ones have the largest wage gaps. On the plus side, if you are a bookkeeper or an auditor clerk you don’t experience much of a gap.
“These gender wage gaps are not about women choosing to work less than men — the analysis is comparing apples to apples, men and women who all work full time — and we see that across these 40 common occupations, men nearly always earn more than women,” said Ariane Hegewisch, a Study Director at IWPR. “Discrimination law cases provide us with some insights on the reasons that the wage gap persists: women are less likely to be hired into the most lucrative jobs, and — when they work side by side with men — they may get hired at a lower rate, and receive lower pay increases over the years. Discrimination in who gets hired for the best jobs hits all women but particularly black and Hispanic women.”
Let’s take a look at 10 jobs that have the worst wage gaps for women.