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Jobs With the Highest Gender Pay Gaps

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White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump is tasked to address wage equity and women's issues for the administration. (Markus Schreiber/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 April 2019 11:17 AM

The topic of gender pay gap has become a hot one in recent years and a fresh wave of studies have been released highlighting the issue and identifying jobs that pay women the least.

The Pew Research Center noted last month, while the gender gap in pay has narrowed since 1980, it has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years. According to the report, women earned 85 percent of what men earned last year. Based on this estimate, it would take an extra 39 days of work for women to earn what men did in 2018.

Heidi Hartmann, president of the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research noted there have been numerous debates on whether or not this wage gap is due to occupational differences, or "women's choices," but data shows the gap is not a result of choices by women.

"Analysis finds that we have actually been underestimating the extent of pay inequality in the labor market," Hartmann said, according to Reuters.

Amid ongoing investigations, Stacker set out to do an analysis of its own, examining 113 occupations against data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to establish the jobs that had the highest gender pay gaps. According to the report, women were hit the hardest in the financial world, where roles of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents were dominated by men. The weekly difference in earnings between men and women in the field was $592, the report noted.

Insurance is another field with a large gender pay gap. Stacker noted women in credit counselors and loan officer positions earned only 65.7 percent of a man's salary, making a net loss of nearly $26,000 a year.

The medical field sees its share of wage gaps, with a weekly difference in earnings of $836 between men and women. However, Stacker noted, as more women enroll into medical school, the pay gap may close.

Truck driving is another job that sees a high gender pay gap but the occupation is largely seen as a "man's" job. Meanwhile in the office, Stacker found a whopping $752 difference in weekly earnings between men and women in Chief executive roles.

The report found, in many companies across the U.S., female employees accounted for just over 40 percent of the staff complement, with 37 percent of first-level and middle-level officials, and 27 percent of executive and senior-level managers.

Other jobs with a notable gender pay gap, according to Stacker, include:

  • Real estate brokers and sales agents: With a $381 difference in weekly earnings between men and women.
  • Financial managers: With a $522 difference in weekly earnings between men and women.
  • First-line supervisors of production and operating workers: With a $305 difference in weekly earnings between men and women.
  • Retail salespersons: With a $221 difference in weekly earnings between men and women.
  • Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: With a $178 difference in weekly earnings between men and women.

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While the gender gap in pay has narrowed since 1980, it has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years, according to the Pew Research Center.
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