She Works Hard for the Money

Part: 5

Wage Gap: Women's Median Wages Compared to Men's in the Same Jobs, 2011

Sunday, May 20, 2012

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Table 1: The Wage Gap in the 20 Most Common Occupations for Women
(Full-Time Workers Only), 2011

 

Women's median weekly earnings

Women's earnings as percent of men's

Men's median weekly earnings

Share of female workers in occupation

Number of male

workers

Number of

female workers

All full-time workers, all occupations

$684

82.2%

$832

44.3%

55,971,000

44,486,000

20 most common occupations for women

 

Share of male workers in occupation as percent of all male workers

Share of female workers in occupation as percent of all female workers

Secretaries and administrative assistants

$651

86.0%

$757

96.1%

0.2%

4.6%

Elementary and middle school teachers

$933

91.3%

$1,022

81.0%

0.8%

4.4%

Registered nurses

$1,034

95.7%

$1,081

90.3%

0.4%

4.4%

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

$446

88.8%

$502

86.9%

0.3%

2.6%

Customer service representatives

$569

90.6%

$628

64.4%

1.0%

2.2%

Cashiers

$373

90.8%

$411

71.6%

0.7%

2.2%

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

$599

78.9%

$759

43.1%

2.3%

2.2%

First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative workers

$741

89.0%

$833

67.2%

0.8%

1.9%

Accountants and auditors

$956

76.5%

$1,250

61.6%

1.0%

1.9%

Receptionists and information clerks

$520

99.8%

$521

91.0%

0.1%

1.8%

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

$656

100.3%

$654

87.0%

0.2%

1.7%

Managers, all other

$1,047

74.5%

$1,406

36.0%

2.3%

1.7%

Retail salespersons

$466

75.2%

$620

41.0%

1.9%

1.7%

Office clerks, general

$594

83.4%

$712

84.8%

0.2%

1.5%

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

$392

82.9%

$473

85.0%

0.2%

1.4%

Secondary school teachers

$989

94.3%

$1,049

57.2%

0.8%

1.3%

Financial managers

$991

65.9%

$1,504

54.3%

0.9%

1.3%

Teacher assistants

$471

-

-

-

0.1%

1.3%

Waiters and waitresses

$389

83.5%

$466

64.1%

0.6%

1.3%

Social workers

$798

88.5%

$902

81.0%

0.2%

1.3%

 

Percent of all women and men:

14.7%

42.4%

Credit: Institute for Women's Policy Research.

 
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