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Top 5 Jobs with the Widest Gender Pay Gap

Top 5 Jobs with the Widest Gender Pay Gap

While it may take a while to resolve the issue all together, it can be helpful for women to determine which industries are more likely to have broader pay gaps between genders.

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 02, 2017

Equal pay for equal work: It’s a no-brainer, right? Apparently, it’s not – at least if we’re judging by what’s going on with women’s wages across the nation.

According to Yahoo Finance, “On average, women in America earn 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.”

While the wage gap has improved within the last few decades, progress is slowing down. In fact, a report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research details how progress in narrowing the gender pay gap has plateaued within the past decade.

According to the Center for American Progress, certain jobs seem to have a wider gender pay gap in America than others.

The underlying causes vary from industry and occupational differences to the unexplainable. Industry differences and occupational differences are the main drivers with the most potential effect on the gender wage gap.

It’s important to note that aspects like education and union membership don’t even factor into this wage gap – in fact, they have an adverse effect on the gap. That means that women applying for the same jobs are usually equally or more educated and qualified than their male counterparts.

While it may take a while to resolve the issue all together, it can be helpful for women to determine which industries are more likely to have broader pay gaps between genders.

Take a look at the top five jobs with the widest gender pay gaps, according to the Center for American Progress:

5. Housekeeping supervisors
4. Money managers

3. Stockbrokers

2. Physicians and surgeons

1. Financial advisors

While rankings and lists are fun to read, it’s important to remember that this is an average representation. That means that not all jobs listed above will have a significant wage gap in every position throughout the country.

However, it’s beneficial for women in various industries to become educated on such issues in order to demand equal pay from their employers.