10 Stereotypically Female Jobs Where Men Make More Money


We know that on the whole, women make as much as 12% less than men even 10 years out of college.

But it stands to reason that in fields traditionally dominated by women (nursing, teaching, social work—think any role that that would be played by a woman in a not particularly progressive children’s cartoon), the highest-paid workers would be women, those who populate the field. Right?

Wrong. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, a number of jobs that employ mostly women pay men a higher wage. Here are some of the worst offenders:

1. Social Worker

If you meet a social worker, she is more likely to be female than male—in fact, 79% more likely. Even though women dominate the profession, it does not mean they top the pay scale. Men make an average of $864 per week, while women in the same profession make an average of $774. That is almost 11% less.

2. Nurse

If you get sick and go to the hospital, you are 90% more likely to have a female nurse than a male nurse. And the few men in the profession make an average of 5% more than a woman in the same job.

3. Cashier

Most cashiers are women. In fact, 70% of cashiers are female. Men make an average of $422 per week while women only make an average of $361 per week working at a cash register.

4. Teacher

When you think of the teachers you had growing up, chances are that most of them were women. In 2010, 73% of teachers were women. On average, those women made 78 cents for every dollar a man earned.

5. Server

If you dine out, 65% of waitstaff around the country are female. But if you want your waitress to make the same as her male counterparts you better tip her a few bucks more, because she makes an average $363 per week compared to a waiter’s earnings of $419.

6. Librarian

A whopping 78% of librarians are women. But for every dollar a male librarian makes, a female librarian makes only 80 cents.

7. Customer Service Representative

Women fill the bulk of customer service positions—66% more. Female customer service reps make 5% less than their male counterparts.

8. Receptionist

Most office managers believe that a lovely lady should greet you when you come into or call their office, as 92% of receptionists are female. But a female receptionist makes 4% less than a man in that same job.

9. Maid/Housekeeper

A full 87% of maids and house cleaners are women. However, a female cleaner makes only $371 per week, while a male makes $444.

10. Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker

If you walk into a laundromat you are 66% more likely to see a woman behind the counter. For the same job, she will make 73 cents for every dollar a man earns.

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  • Sandy Reis

    women are considered less valuable than men everywhere in the world. so no wonder they are paid less since whatever they do is also considered less valuable. its sexism plain and simple. also the people at the top are white/jewish men, what do you think they will do? discriminate all women and minorities as well. asians do get it easier though.

  • Hermon

    If you are going to quote a report perhaps you should read it in it’s entirety first. This is from the second page of your source.

    “Among full-time workers (that is, those working 35 hours or more per week in a job), men were more likely than women to have a longer workweek. In 2009, 25 percent of men working full-time jobs had workweeks of 41 or more
    hours, compared with 14 percent of female full-time workers. Women were more likely than men to work 35 to 39 hours per week: 13 percent as opposed to 5 percent. A large majority of both male and female full-time workers had a 40-hour workweek; among these workers, women earned 86 percent as much as men.”

    That might account for some of the difference. Way to write a completely bias story. Skipping over facts to publish opinion, maybe you should apply at FOX news.

  • Guest

    I want to see these studies that prove these wage gaps exist, I hate it when people do articles about wage gaps and make claims like “male Cashiers make more than female Cashiers” and the like but never show where they got these numbers from.

    • John

      Exactly bro, who is believing this

    • John

      Exactly bro, who believes this

  • cats1cowboy

    Part time workers make less than full time workers.

  • John

    Exactly mens are suppose to make more money if their being worked more. it wouldn’t be fair, and those woman choose to not work heavy hours or they slack in their job that’s why no one wants to give them overtime.