There are apparently only 15 jobs where women outearn men

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Forbes broke down the professions in which women make more bank than their male counterparts — quite a feat when you consider that most women earn only 81 cents to a man’s dollar. Some are surprising (construction laborers and vehicle mechanics), some aren’t (bakers), and the rest are kind of obvious (waitresses!). It’s not really clear how they got 15, since they grouped a bunch of  jobs into random categories, but the full list is below:

1) bakers, 2) makeup artists, skin-care specialists and manicurists, 3) interviewers, 4) preschool and kindergarten teachers, 5) teacher assistants, 6) life, physical, social science and health technicians, 7) dietitians and nutritionists, 8 ) occupational therapists, 9) order clerks (customer complaints, ordering service), 10) student admissions, probate and election clerks, 11) painters (construction and maintenance), 12 aircraft and vehicle mechanics, 13) construction laborers, 14) dining room attendants, 15) bartender helpers

Seniority, stereotypes, and minority status are to blame. Let’s end on a hopeful note, shall we?

Despite some signs of discrimination, both men and women generally fare better in terms of salary and advancement in “mismatched” fields, like construction for women and education administration for men (where they earn 31% more than women). Shatkin says he’s beginning to see more men migrate into female-typed fields like healthcare and education because “that’s where the jobs are.” Similarly, women are moving into more financial and professional jobs, like pharmacy and financial management. If the trend continues, wages may begin to equalize.

5 thoughts on “There are apparently only 15 jobs where women outearn men

  1. I thought that 81 cents to a dollar thing had been debunked and was the result of fuzzy sociological “studies” that used overall dollar values and did not factor in experience, hours worked and education levels? Kind of like measuring a child’s growth purely on weight while completely ignoring height.

    I know Nurses tried to argue that they were underpaid as compared to doctors, and Posner threw out that case. It’s the same line of argument really, you can’t just ignore important factors.

    • Thanks, Regina Mom, for doing that kind of work while some of us were unenlightened studtnes, spending our college days drinking beer and eating pizza! Without women like you, I shudder to think where we’d be today. L. ps. I never could understand why we let so many men have any air time at all to discuss this issue.

  2. >I thought that 81 cents to a dollar thing had been debunked and was the result of fuzzy sociological “studies” that used overall dollar values and did not factor in experience, hours worked and education levels?

    Read Warren Farrell’s “Why Men Earn More” for the ultimate debunking of the women-earn-less myth. He demonstrates conclusively that in apples-to-apples comparisons, there are dozens of careers where women outearn men. Statisticians, for one. When women have similar training/education and competence, and are willing to work the same hours, maintain seniority (women change jobs/careers more often than men), not work flex-time, travel as much as men, be responsible for the bottom line, do dangerous/dirty work, etc., we find that women earn _at least_ as much as men earn. When women earn less than men, it’s nearly always because women have the option of making different choices from men (e.g., wives expect to work OR stay home with the kids, while men are expected to work). A Dept of Labor report reached similar conclusions:

    >Although additional research in this area is clearly needed, this study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.

    Click to access Gender%20Wage%20Gap%20Final%20Report.pdf

    Incidentally, Farrell was formerly a member of the Nat’l Organization of Women. He quit in protest when NOW’s platform favored mothers in custody disputes. When NOW said that fathers were expendable, Farrell realized that feminism was not always about equality, but often about female superiority and protecting female privileges at the expense of men.

    >They didn’t include the porn industry. Women are the bigger money makers there.

    True dat.

  3. Wrong. There is only one job in which women outnumber men.

    1) Jobs in which women outnumber men.,

    I know. It’s pretty terrible, right?

    And did you know women who do no work earn 0 cents for every dollar a working man earns?

    It makes total sense you are employed now and I am not. It’s probably because you got affirmative action for being a woman. I am aware of the fact right now that if I had a vagina there is a near 100% certainty I would be a doctor.

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