The Best (and Worst) Paying Cities for Women

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Best cities for Women

10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 85.6%
> Median earnings for men: $40,886 (9th lowest)
> Median earnings for women: $35,006 (25th lowest)

Median household income in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area was just $46,468 in 2012, $5,000 less than the national median income and among the lowest of any major metro area. Men and women, however, were paid relatively equally in the area. Some occupations favored men. Female law enforcement workers, for example, earned less than $50,000 in 2012, while males earned more than $70,000 that year. On the other hand, women working in transportation and construction jobs earned considerably more than men did in 2012.

9. Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 86.2%
> Median earnings for men: $52,012 (20th highest)
> Median earnings for women: $44,846 (13th highest)

Women living in Sacramento had median earnings of $44,846 in 2012, among the 25% highest in the country. Compared to men, women made 86.2% of men’s median earnings. One of the sectors with the narrowest gender pay gaps was the finance, insurance and real estate industry, in which women earned roughly 84% of what men earned, the fifth lowest gap in that sector. Women faced smaller earnings gaps in some occupations that have typically rewarded men far more generously. In sales, for example, women earned 79 cents for every dollar men made. While hardly equal, the gap was relatively small compared to other major cities.

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8. North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 87.0%
> Median earnings for men: $40,766 (8th lowest)
> Median earnings for women: $35,462 (32nd lowest)

The Northport metro area is one of the nation’s best cities for wage equality. The area is home to a large arts, entertainment, and food services sector, which accounted for 11.3% of area employment. Women accounted for nearly half of all employment in the sector and were frequently paid at levels close to those of men’s — the median earnings of women in the sector were 92% those of men’s in 2012. In computer, engineering and science occupations, women were paid 97% of what men were paid — one of the best figures in the nation. Still, at the occupational level, the area was often reflective of national trends. Median pay for women in management roles was just 81.5% that of men’s, although this was better than most metro areas.

7. Stockton, CA
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 87.1%
> Median earnings for men: $46,190 (38th lowest)
> Median earnings for women: $40,223 (35th highest)

Women working in retail, the second largest sector in Stockton, California, had median earnings of $30,946 in 2012, just 10% lower than the median earnings for men in that sector. Additionally, in the administrative support and waste management industry, women’s median earnings were $32,883, or 104.7% of what men in these fields earned. Jobs in these fields often paid women at levels that were equal with men, if not higher. However, in the educational services, health care and social assistance sector, which made up 21.5% of all employment in the area in 2012, there was still a wide gender pay gap. Women in education and health care earned just 74 cents to every dollar that men earned, which was in the bottom third of cities in the U.S.

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6. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 87.7%
> Median earnings for men: $41,375 (10th lowest)
> Median earnings for women: $36,272 (40th lowest)

While gaming and tourism were hit hard after the 2008 financial crisis, entertainment and accommodations was still the largest sector in Las Vegas in 2012, accounting for 30% of total employment. The sector had a small pay gap between men and women. Women’s median earnings in that industry were slightly less than 82% those of men’s. The disparity in the median earnings between men and women in education and health care, second largest industry in the area, was also relatively small. Women’s median earnings in the sector were $45,802 in 2012, roughly 89% of the median earnings for men — the fifth lowest disparity in the country.