20 Worst Paying Jobs for Women

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10. Real estate brokers and sales agents
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s:
69.9%
> Women median weekly earnings: $735
> Men median weekly earnings: $1,052
> Number of workers: 463,000

Real estate brokers are usually licensed to manage their own real estate businesses, while sales agents usually work with a broker. Both facilitate real estate deals between property owners and interested parties and are usually paid commissions. A typical female real estate broker earns $735 per week, less than 70% of the median weekly earnings of men. This is the 10th largest gender pay gap in the country.

9. Insurance sales agents
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s:
69.7%
> Women median weekly earnings: $717
> Men median weekly earnings: $1,028
> Number of workers: 427,000

The gender pay gap among insurance sales agents has widened since 2006. Weekly earnings for insurance saleswomen grew by 9.8%, less than half the pace for female earnings across all full-time jobs. Meanwhile, weekly earnings for the typical male in the same position grew 15.5%.

8. Financial analysts
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s:
69.7%
> Women median weekly earnings: $1,171
> Men median weekly earnings: $1,680
> Number of workers: 295,000

Like most jobs in the financial industry, financial analysts are paid very well regardless of gender. The highest paying jobs often have the largest pay gaps, however. A typical female financial analyst earns less than 70% of what a male earns in the same job. By contrast, women working full-time jobs nationwide earn 81.1% of what their male counterparts earn.

7. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s:
69.1%
> Women median weekly earnings: $583
> Men median weekly earnings: $844
> Number of workers: 701,000

Broadly speaking, inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers are responsible for quality control in a variety of non-agricultural products. Earnings of men and women employed in this profession grew at approximately the same pace — each slightly faster than the national average pace. The pay is not especially high compared with other jobs with large pay gaps. Still, although a more equal pay is more likely among lower paying jobs, the pay gap in this profession is nearly the worst of any job.

6. Administrative services managers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s:
67.6%
> Women median weekly earnings: $981
> Men median weekly earnings: $1,451
> Number of workers: 170,000

Managers of administrative services frequently supervise recordkeeping, mail distribution, office upkeep, and other activities. The educational services industry employs the most administrative services managers. The typical person employed in this position earns $1,191 per week, well above the $809 median for all full-time jobs. At $981, the profession’s median weekly pay for women is just 67.6% of male earnings in this job.