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:
30. Multiple metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
29. Precision instrument and equipment repairers
28. Entertainers and performers, and sports and related workers
27. Tool and die makers
26. Financial clerks
25. Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators
24. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
23. Metal and plastic extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders
22. Engine and other machine assemblers
21. Hazardous materials removal workers
20. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers
19. Motor vehicle operators
18. Structural iron and steel workers
17. Funeral service managers
16. Miscellaneous mathematical science occupations
15. Semiconductor processors
14. Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining
13. Bridge and lock tenders
12. Tank car, truck, and ship loaders
11. Transportation inspectors
10. Sailors and marine oilers
9. Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners
8. Photographic process workers and processing machine operators
7. Conveyor operators and tenders
6. Metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
5. Financial specialists
4. Survey researchers
3. Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders
2. Metal and plastic model makers and patternmakers
1. Metal and plastic heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders
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