5. Stockton, Calif.
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 87.0%
> Median income for men: $45,201
> Median income for women: $39,311
Women working in the life, physical and social sciences in Stockton were paid more than double the salaries of men, earning a median wage of $86,599 versus $41,514. Similarly, women employed in health care support also led the nation in relative pay for their occupations, earning a median salary equal to 146% of the median for men. The Stockton area also has a smaller proportion of workers in several of the industries, which tended to skew pay more towards men. Management positions, which nationally paid women less than three-quarters what they paid men, account for just 9.5% of jobs in Stockton, versus more than 12% nationwide. Similarly, the area had a low percentage of workers employed in business and financial operations, which across the United States paid women just 73.3% of men’s salaries.
4. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 87.0%
> Median income for men: $40,510
> Median income for women: $35,238
In Las Vegas, the median salary for women was 87% of the male equivalent. Although Las Vegas workers are often not well paid — with the area’s median earnings of $37,203, well below the national median of just over $42,000 — disparities between national and local salaries are much greater for men than they are for women. Among the reasons, women employed in food preparation positions earn a median salary equal to 106.9% of the median for similarly employed men. Further, food preparation workers make up 10.5% of the workforce, more than in any other major city. Even in one of the more equitable occupations for women’s pay, Las Vegas stands out: women working in community and social services fields earned a median of $54,745 versus just $41,422 for men — a 132% premium.
3. North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla.
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 87.5%
> Median income for men: $40,417
> Median income for women: $35,352
In the North Port metropolitan area, women made $7 for every $8 that men made. Women in the health care technology field, which comprised a nation-high 2.8% of jobs in the North Port area, made 124.3% of what men made, compared to 83.8% for the country as a whole. In production occupations, women made 114.3% of men’s earnings, a higher percentage than any other metropolitan area. However, one area where North Port fared less well was health care support occupations, which comprised a nation-high 4.2% of all jobs in the metro area. In this field, women made less than two-thirds of their male counterparts, compared to more than 85% across the country as a whole.
2. Fresno, Calif.
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 89.1%
> Median income for men: $40,164
> Median income for women: $35,786
Women employed in education, training and library occupations earned 113.7% of what men earned, more than in any other large metropolitan area. Other professions where women outearned men included construction and extraction professions (145.3%), health technology (119.3%) and food preparation and serving (108.9%). But while women’s pay gap was lower than the country as a whole in many occupations, they still earned far below men in some. For instance, women in full-time legal occupations earned just 38.7% of what men in the same field earned.
1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 91.4%
> Median income for men: $44,607
> Median income for women: $40,777
Los Angeles was the only area out of the largest 100 metropolitan areas where women working full time were paid at least 90% of what men made. In office and administrative support positions, which comprised approximately 13.6% of the area workforce, women earned a median salary equal to 102.9% of that paid to men. Women in sales roles — which employed roughly 11.2% of full-time workers in the Los Angeles area and 10% of workers across the United States — received a median pay equal to 74% of that paid to similarly employed men. Across the nation, women in sales earned a median pay equal to just 65% of the median for men. Surprisingly, the entertainment sector appears to be hurting median salaries for women. While the median salary for entertainers is nearly $10,000 more than the national figure and twice as many area workers are employed in the field, women in entertainment make less in the L.A. area compared to men than they do nationally — 85% versus 87%.