Gender Wage Gap Persists

Washington, D.C. — April 4

According to new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, or IWPR, women earn less than men in almost all of the 112 occupations for which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes weekly full-time earnings data for both women and men.

In at least 101 of the 112 occupations, women made substantially less than men, the analysis showed, and in 17 of these they made at least 25 cents less per dollar. Women also earn less than men in all twenty of most common occupations for women.

The occupations with the largest gender earnings gaps are in sales-related occupations. In “securities, commodities and financial services sales,” women’s median weekly earnings of $863 are 62.1 percent of men’s median weekly earnings of $1,389 — an earnings gap of 37.9 percent. Women working as “retail sales persons,” have median earnings of only $485, compared with men’s $719, a wage gap of 32.5 percent.

Moreover, 12 of the 20 most common occupations for women, compared with eight of the 20 most common occupations for men, have median weekly earnings that will leave a household of four at or near poverty, the analysis showed. Forty percent of Hispanic women work in service and other occupations with poverty wages, as well as 32 percent of black women and 14 percent of white women.

Source: The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)