The 30 jobs in the US with the biggest gender pay gaps

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  • The gender pay gap is more pronounced in some jobs than others.
  • Using data from the US Census Bureau, we found the 30 occupations with the biggest gap between median annual earnings for full-time, year-round female and male workers.

March 8 is International Women's Day, and while a lot of progress has been made over the last several decades towards the goal of women's equality in the US, there is still much work to be done.

It's been well established that there is a gender pay gap between men and women. According to data from the US Census Bureau, the median full-time, year-round female worker earned 80.7% as much as the median full-time, year-round male worker in 2017.

While that gap persists across the overall economy, it is larger in some occupational fields than others.

Using data from the US Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey, we compared median annual earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers in the 527 occupational groups tracked in the survey. We found the 30 jobs with the biggest gap between male and female earnings by measuring median earnings for female workers as a percentage of median earnings for male workers.

Many of the occupations with large pay gaps are in traditionally male, blue-collar manufacturing fields. Those occupations continue to have predominantly male workforces.

Here are the 30 jobs with the biggest pay gaps between full-time, year-round male and female workers:

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30. Multiple metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

30. Multiple metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

Median male wage: $50,027

Median female wage: $31,754

Number of male workers: 3,040

Number of female workers: 317

The median female worker in this occupation makes 63.5% of the median male worker's wage.

29. Precision instrument and equipment repairers

29. Precision instrument and equipment repairers

Median male wage: $52,335

Median female wage: $32,876

Number of male workers: 44,172

Number of female workers: 5,205

The median female worker in this occupation makes 62.8% of the median male worker's wage.

28. Entertainers and performers, and sports and related workers

28. Entertainers and performers, and sports and related workers

Median male wage: $52,306

Median female wage: $32,278

Number of male workers: 10,236

Number of female workers: 6,850

The median female worker in this occupation makes 61.7% of the median male worker's wage.

27. Tool and die makers

27. Tool and die makers

Median male wage: $57,493

Median female wage: $35,400

Number of male workers: 50,010

Number of female workers: 903

The median female worker in this occupation makes 61.6% of the median male worker's wage.

26. Financial clerks

26. Financial clerks

Median male wage: $80,985

Median female wage: $49,816

Number of male workers: 49,999

Number of female workers: 65,604

The median female worker in this occupation makes 61.5% of the median male worker's wage.

25. Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators

25. Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators

Median male wage: $51,594

Median female wage: $31,529

Number of male workers: 2,963

Number of female workers: 326

The median female worker in this occupation makes 61.1% of the median male worker's wage.

24. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

24. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

Median male wage: $101,423

Median female wage: $61,936

Number of male workers: 143,754

Number of female workers: 60,572

The median female worker in this occupation makes 61.1% of the median male worker's wage.

23. Metal and plastic extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders

23. Metal and plastic extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders

Median male wage: $48,861

Median female wage: $29,076

Number of male workers: 7,516

Number of female workers: 1,030

The median female worker in this occupation makes 59.5% of the median male worker's wage.

22. Engine and other machine assemblers

22. Engine and other machine assemblers

Median male wage: $46,721

Median female wage: $27,594

Number of male workers: 7,460

Number of female workers: 968

The median female worker in this occupation makes 59.1% of the median male worker's wage.

21. Hazardous materials removal workers

21. Hazardous materials removal workers

Median male wage: $46,269

Median female wage: $26,809

Number of male workers: 22,970

Number of female workers: 4,657

The median female worker in this occupation makes 57.9% of the median male worker's wage.

20. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

20. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Median male wage: $51,272

Median female wage: $29,605

Number of male workers: 19,352

Number of female workers: 828

The median female worker in this occupation makes 57.7% of the median male worker's wage.

19. Motor vehicle operators

19. Motor vehicle operators

Median male wage: $32,049

Median female wage: $18,250

Number of male workers: 17,227

Number of female workers: 3,377

The median female worker in this occupation makes 56.9% of the median male worker's wage.

18. Structural iron and steel workers

18. Structural iron and steel workers

Median male wage: $51,104

Median female wage: $29,063

Number of male workers: 47,306

Number of female workers: 2,042

The median female worker in this occupation makes 56.9% of the median male worker's wage.

17. Funeral service managers

17. Funeral service managers

Median male wage: $90,264

Median female wage: $51,232

Number of male workers: 4,348

Number of female workers: 1,982

The median female worker in this occupation makes 56.8% of the median male worker's wage.

16. Miscellaneous mathematical science occupations

16. Miscellaneous mathematical science occupations

Median male wage: $101,061

Median female wage: $57,067

Number of male workers: 2,140

Number of female workers: 1,362

The median female worker in this occupation makes 56.5% of the median male worker's wage.

15. Semiconductor processors

15. Semiconductor processors

Median male wage: $57,237

Median female wage: $32,143

Number of male workers: 720

Number of female workers: 456

The median female worker in this occupation makes 56.2% of the median male worker's wage.

14. Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

14. Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

Median male wage: $52,487

Median female wage: $29,429

Number of male workers: 18,187

Number of female workers: 390

The median female worker in this occupation makes 56.1% of the median male worker's wage.

13. Bridge and lock tenders

13. Bridge and lock tenders

Median male wage: $57,152

Median female wage: $31,864

Number of male workers: 2,601

Number of female workers: 221

The median female worker in this occupation makes 55.8% of the median male worker's wage.

12. Tank car, truck, and ship loaders

12. Tank car, truck, and ship loaders

Median male wage: $46,855

Median female wage: $26,115

Number of male workers: 3,399

Number of female workers: 87

The median female worker in this occupation makes 55.7% of the median male worker's wage.

11. Transportation inspectors

11. Transportation inspectors

Median male wage: $66,767

Median female wage: $37,157

Number of male workers: 32,930

Number of female workers: 6,237

The median female worker in this occupation makes 55.7% of the median male worker's wage.

10. Sailors and marine oilers

10. Sailors and marine oilers

Median male wage: $48,060

Median female wage: $26,484

Number of male workers: 14,669

Number of female workers: 1,228

The median female worker in this occupation makes 55.1% of the median male worker's wage.

9. Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners

9. Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners

Median male wage: $45,449

Median female wage: $24,886

Number of male workers: 4,740

Number of female workers: 292

The median female worker in this occupation makes 54.8% of the median male worker's wage.

8. Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

8. Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

Median male wage: $60,944

Median female wage: $32,498

Number of male workers: 11,947

Number of female workers: 6,809

The median female worker in this occupation makes 53.3% of the median male worker's wage.

7. Conveyor operators and tenders

7. Conveyor operators and tenders

Median male wage: $36,328

Median female wage: $19,295

Number of male workers: 3,363

Number of female workers: 1,083

The median female worker in this occupation makes 53.1% of the median male worker's wage.

6. Metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

6. Metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

Median male wage: $45,000

Median female wage: $22,207

Number of male workers: 2,860

Number of female workers: 759

The median female worker in this occupation makes 49.3% of the median male worker's wage.

5. Financial specialists

5. Financial specialists

Median male wage: $100,619

Median female wage: $49,486

Number of male workers: 18,553

Number of female workers: 21,115

The median female worker in this occupation makes 49.2% of the median male worker's wage.

4. Survey researchers

4. Survey researchers

Median male wage: $70,614

Median female wage: $34,398

Number of male workers: 798

Number of female workers: 823

The median female worker in this occupation makes 48.7% of the median male worker's wage.

3. Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

3. Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

Median male wage: $51,604

Median female wage: $24,303

Number of male workers: 11,646

Number of female workers: 3,910

The median female worker in this occupation makes 47.1% of the median male worker's wage.

2. Metal and plastic model makers and patternmakers

2. Metal and plastic model makers and patternmakers

Median male wage: $60,121

Median female wage: $27,393

Number of male workers: 4,230

Number of female workers: 489

The median female worker in this occupation makes 45.6% of the median male worker's wage.

1. Metal and plastic heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders

1. Metal and plastic heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders

Median male wage: $50,295

Median female wage: $14,439

Number of male workers: 4,682

Number of female workers: 507

The median female worker in this occupation makes 28.7% of the median male worker's wage.

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