Women Still Lag Behind Men in Wages by a Significant Margin

According to this new chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women still lag far behind men in wages in many industries.

Women still lag behind me in wagesThere are a few jobs, though, in which women earn close to, or even more, than men, including,
  • Computer scientists and systems analysts, 92%
  • Computer programmers, 93%
  • Other life, physical and social science technicians, 102.4%
  • Counselors, 94.1%
  • Special education teachers, 97.7%
  • Teacher's assistants, 104.6%
  • Editors, 93%
  • Registered nurses, 95%
  • Food preparation workers, 95.3%
  • Personal and home care aides, 95.8%
  • Bill and account collectors, 95.4%
  • Customer service representatives, 95.1%
  • Postal sales clerks, 99.9%
  • Construction and extraction occupations, 93.6%
  • Bakers, 104%


The percentages over 100% illustrate the few industries in which women out-earn men, including the traditionally less-than-lucrative fields of baking and teaching assistants. However, for the vast majority of jobs, the wage disparity is greater. We've picked a few illustrative examples from the detailed BLS tables, in 2009 median weekly earnings:

  • Purchasing managers: men $1,383, women $1,029
  • Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners and investigators: men $1,128, women $845
  • Computer programmers: men $1,267, women $1,182
  • Lawyers: men $1,934, women $1,449
  • Postsecondary teachers: men $1,342, women $1,030
  • Laundry and dry cleaners workers: men $493, women $362
  • Butchers: men $510, women $418
  • Natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations: men $727, women $542
  • Real estate brokers and sales agents: men $939, women $745
  • Retail salespersons: men $624, women $443

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