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10 Career Options with Equal Pay for Women

10 Career Options with Equal Pay for Women

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

March 21, 2012

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make an average of 81 cents to every dollar that a man makes. While women have been making less than men since they entered the workforce en masse in the 70s and 80s, the gender gap in pay has been steadily decreasing.

But some career options have closed that gap to as much as a 1 – 5% pay difference between men and women, according to PayScale data reported on by the New York Times, and in one career field, women’s pay has even surpassed that of men. So if you’re looking to declare a college major or change careers for equal pay, try one of these.


Electrical Engineering
Female: $72,000
Male: $72,700

Civil Engineering
Female: $56,900
Male: $57,700

Economics
Female: $53,100
Male: $53,900

Information Technology
Female: $55,400
Male: $54,900

Communications
Female: $43,900
Male: $44,300

English
Female: $42,000
Male: $42,600

Sociology Female: $39,500
Male: $39,800

Graphic Design
Female: $38,900
Male: $39,400

History
Female: $41,000
Male: $41,800

Psychology
Female: $38,000
Male: $38,600