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.