10 Industries Where the Wage Gap Is the Worst

10 Industries Where the Wage Gap Is the Worst

News about the wage gap between men and women is hardly consistent.

One day we hear that the chasm is narrowing as more young adults enter the workforce. Then the next we find out that the U.S. has one of the biggest wage gaps among all developed nations.


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To make things even more complicated, new research by 24/7 Wall St. suggests the difference between men and women’s salaries varies widely based on the industry.

In 2014 women earned, on average, 82.5% of what a man earned—up from 62% in 1979. But that number dipped as low as 61.3% among personal financial advisers.

To calculate these figures, 24/7 Wall St. crunched numbers from the Current Population Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and highlighted the 10 professions where women’s wages are the smallest in proportion to men’s.

In general, high-paying jobs—like those related to financial services—are likely to have the widest wage gap, Ariane Hegewisch, a study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, told 24/7 Wall St. That’s partially because those jobs tend to offer additional income in the form of merit pay, and managers may be more likely to act on their gender biases when awarding it.

Women can also end up at a disadvantage when they assume positions usually held by men, like top executive roles. Among top executives in 2014, women earned just 70% as much as men.

Yet even in female-dominated professions, women may still earn less than their male counterparts. For example, women make up 55% of real estate brokers and sales agents—but they still earn only 73.3% of what men earn. Likewise, although more than three-quarters of human resources managers are women, they make just 71.2% of men’s salaries.

To see the full, ordered list of the 10 worst-paying jobs for women, head to 24/7 Wall St.

Regardless of the field you work in, it’s possible that you’re making less than your colleagues—and it’s time to do something about it. Find out you can beat wage discrimination and petition for a well-deserved pay bump.


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