Industries with the smallest gender wage gap (10 items)
The gender wage gap continues to be a controversial topic, with some analysts arguing that the research showing a discrepancy between men and women’s wages is faulty and misguided.Researchers who continue to believe that men are given an unfair advantage in the work force, however, continue to publish their findings despite criticisms of their research.
As the Deseret News reported last March, the Institute for Women's Policy Research released a study that says the ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings had decreased from 82.2 percent in 2011 to 80.9 percent in 2012.In other words, the gap widened in 2012.
It has also been well-documented that women are entering the work force in increasing numbers. The Deseret News reported in June that women are now the primary breadwinners in roughly 40 percent of American families, a number that has quadrupled since the 1960s.So as more women enter the workplace, it may be important for them to consider which industries offer the fairest wages for their work.
For this reason, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has re-promoted its research, which was first compiled in 2009, on which industries have the smallest gender wage gap.
1 of 10. Information
2 of 10. Wholesale and retail trade
The average woman who works in wholesale and retail trade earns $523 per week.
3 of 10. Professional and business services
The BLS recorded in 2009 that the average woman working in this field receives 76.6 percent of what a man earns. With 4,080,000 women considered in this category, the average salary sits at $744 per week.
4 of 10. Education and health services
Even with its high ratio of female workers — women make up roughly 82 percent of elementary and middle school teachers alone — women still earn only 77 percent of a man’s salary in this industry.
5 of 10. Public administration
The BLS reports that 2,834,000 women in the U.S. hold positions in public administration.