JOB SEARCH / MAR. 22, 2014
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Want Equal Pay? Stay Away from These Jobs

The American workplace has been transformed over the last few decades, with women playing more and more prominent roles. Women are now CEOs, executives, managers, senators, and even Speakers of the House!

However, not every industry has changed in terms of equal pay. Some still refuse to give in to the pressure of women joining their workforce, and it's still very much a man's world out there. Women wanting equal pay and equal work conditions should stay away from the jobs listed below:

  • Chief Executives -- Men earn about $110,000 per year, while women in the same position earn only $76,000--just 69% of what their male counterparts earn.
  • Education Administrators -- Male principals and deans earn an average of 69.3% more than women in the same roles. Women only net $55,000 per year, while men can expect a yearly salary of nearly $80,000.
  • Commodities, Securities, and Financial Services Sales Agents -- Women earn just 69.7% of what men in the same industry earn--$34,000 per year compared to $65,000.
  • Real Estate -- Female brokers and sales agents earn an average of $37,000 per year, just 68.1% of the $51,000 most men can expect to earn.
  • Loan Officers -- Women holding positions as a loan officer can expect to earn an average of $43,000 per year, while men earn as much as $69,000.
  • Personal Finance Advisors -- Men in this profession can expect a nearly $80,000 salary, but women are only paid an average of $49,000 per year.
  • Financial Managers -- The yearly median earning of male financial managers is $78,000, while women earn an average of $51,000.

Why are the salaries of men and women so different, when they both do the same job?

  1. Women are often given lower-prospect customers. In the sales world, men tend to be given the higher-value items to sell. They get the best real estate listings, the best customers for car sales, and the best high-budget goods. It's not necessarily done out of discrimination, but it often happens unconsciously.
  2. Men work longer hours. This in no way reflects poorly on the women in the workforce, but statistics from the Department of Labor show that 25% of men work more than 41 hours a week while only 14% of women do the same.
  3. Discrimination still exists. No matter where you go, it's still common to see some discrimination among the workforce. It may not be a conscious thing, but it happens around the country every day.

Where should women work if they want to earn equal pay? IT careers are the only high-skill jobs that offer decent equality for men and women. Women computer programmers earn only 7% less than their male counterparts, and women computer support specialists receive a higher salary than men.

For women seeking complete equality, the only places it can be found is in the low-skill, low-paying sector. The wage gap is far lower in lower-wage occupations. Jobs like cashier, order filler, receptionist, and food prep worker all offer fairly equal pay, poor as it may be.

The truth is that inequality in the workforce will be a problem for years to come, no matter how hard men and women try to fight it. It will take years to get over decades of "boys club" mentality, but women have to keep pushing to make the world of business a more equal place.

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