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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Jobs Where the Pay Gap Between Men and Women Is the Widest

Posted by on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Check out this chart at Washington Post.

As Dylan Matthews writes: "Interestingly, many blue collar professions—such as cafeteria work, security guard work, and warehouse stock clerking—are the most egalitarian in their compensation, while female white collar professionals like doctors, stock brokers, and insurance saleswomen face among the worst pay gaps around."

The one that surprises me is "retail sales." Women earn 64.3 percent what men earn in that field.

 

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Theodore Gorath 1
Several of those jobs are heavily based on commission.

None of the links or explanations explained how this factors into the equations for those jobs, which is a pretty significant detail, if you ask me.

Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Dougsf 2
Seven of the ten most unequally compensating jobs listed are commission-based (and two more are bonus-based). There may be underlying cultural forces (in the workplace or at large) to help explain why men are outperforming woman in these positions, but it's hard to know what to make of this at the micro level.
Posted by Dougsf on February 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Depends on which state and/or region you're in, actually. Even in retail.

Young women make more than men in Vermont, for example.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM · Report this
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Whoever resized that chart and made it all blurry should be tied to a chair.
Posted by doceb on February 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Report this
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I wouldn't be waving the victory flag over seeming working-class egalitarianism just yet.

What this really means is: everybody's pay sucks equally.
Posted by tkc on February 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Report this
Sandiai 6
Unions, baby! (to explain the blue-collar egalitarianism)
Posted by Sandiai on February 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM · Report this
seandr 7
Do these figures control for experience? If not, it's hard so determine what they say about unfair discrimination.
Posted by seandr on February 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM · Report this
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@7 A few years back a couple studies came out about pay that controled for the actual workplace (because the same job does not always pay the same at different places, even in the same town/state) and for experience (number of years total work experience, as well as number of years with an organization and in a particular job). Their results pointed towards women getting promoted more quickly, advancing through pay-scales more quickly, and therefore actually making something like 104% of what a male colleague in the same job at the same workplace with the same experience would make. I would say that is likely because women are simply better workers in almost every regard, and earn every cent of that.

I would also say that the generalized pay gap, as much as folks want to explain it away with personal choices in vocation, time away from work for child-rearing, etc. is an artifact of gender bias system-wide, which does make us wonder how to approach the problem and have any real impact.
Posted by Chris Jury http://www.thebismarck.net on February 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
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If you look at the list of the 15 top paid artists, only one is a woman...I think the gender disparity in pay in art could be worse than the charts here: Damien Hirst – 1 Billion USD
Jeff Koons – 500 Million USD
Jasper Johns – 300 Million USD
David Choe – 200 Million USD
Andre Vicari – 142 Million USD
Takashi Murakami – 100 Million USD
Anish Kapoor – 85 Million USD
Antony Gormley – 50 Million USD
Gerhard Richter – 40 Million USD
David Hockney – 40 Million USD
Cindy Sherman – 35 Million USD
Richard Prince – 30 Million USD
Andreas Gursky – 30 Million USD
Chuck Close – 25 Million USD
Georg Baselitz – 25 Million USD
Posted by kvrijmoet on February 26, 2013 at 2:28 PM · Report this
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In the retail environments I have worked in, it has nearly always been the case that it is far easier for a woman to get hired- but easier for a man to get promoted. Bad gender dynamics all around.
Posted by kiddlydivy on February 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM · Report this
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"The one that surprises me is "retail sales." Women earn 64.3 percent what men earn in that field."

@5, tkc is on target, of course!

I'm not surprised Frizzelle is surprised, his usual state of existence. Obviously, with the collapse of any semblance of a consumer-based economy, dating back to around 1999, at least, and becoming progressively worse with the increased concentration of wealth and the economic meltdown beginning in 2007, in the fantasy-finance based economy, the top 15% account for the vast majority of that 70% consumption figure, ergo, women's high-end fashions sell the most (the most expensive clothing) and those women employed in that industry and similar positions therefore make the most.

Simple, simple, even Frizzelle should eventually grasp it!

Posted by sgt_doom on February 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM · Report this
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This chart needs to be viewed next to a chart showing the percentage of workers who are women in each segment of the work force to be interesting.
Posted by Lies, Damn Lies, And Something Sexist on February 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM · Report this

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