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The Gender Gap in Wages

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This graph from the Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights the gender wage gap. Among full-time workers during the last three months of 2010, men made more per week than women in each of these occupational categories:

In terms of dollars, the gap is largest for the highest-paid workers - $330 - and smallest for those in sales/office, at $130. By percent, it's worst for service (women make 72% as much as men in that sector) and again smallest for sales/office (women make 82% as much as men in that area).

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And if we extrapolate this out, it adds up to a significant difference in annual earnings. If these income levels persisted for, say, 50 weeks, men in management would make $16,500 more than women; in sales, they'd make $6,500 more.

This is the only image the BLS provides, but if you're interested in the topic, the full report has wages broken down by age and race/ethnicity (and sex within those categories) as well.

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This post originally appeared on Sociological Images. Republished with permission.

Illustration for article titled The Gender Gap in Wages


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DISCUSSION

I have been in my field longer and have had more success than many of my male counterparts, yet they are making more. I really believe that there is some "breadwinner" type thinking prevalent, and employers feel they don't have to pay women as much. Blergh.