Special Report

Best (and Worst) Paying Cities for Women

The Worst Cities for Women

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10. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 73.1%
> Median earnings for men: $49,030
> Median earnings for women: $35,818

The national gender pay gap of 79.5% is significant, but the gap is even worse in Birmingham, Alabama. The typical female worker earns just 73.1% of the typical male earnings, a difference of more than $13,000 a year. One commonly cited obstacle women face in the workplace is a general unavailability of management positions and lower pay for women in those positions. Women occupy just 37.7% of all management positions in Birmingham and earn a median pay of just $56,650 a year in those roles, much lower than the median earnings for male managers of $75,251 a year.

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9. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 72.9%
> Median earnings for men: $44,757
> Median earnings for women: $32,612

Women in Youngstown-Warren-Boardman earn just 72.9% of men’s earnings in the metro area, one of the widest pay gaps nationwide. Women working in law in Youngstown face the largest income disparity. While the typical man working in a legal occupation in the metro area earns $105,714 annually, the median earnings for women in the field is just $31,700 a year. Women are also relatively underrepresented in the metro area’s more lucrative industries. Women occupy just 20.8% of all computer and mathematical positions and just 9.3% of all architecture and engineering positions, some of the smallest shares in the country.

Wichita, Kansas
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8. Wichita, KS
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 72.9%
> Median earnings for men: $49,179
> Median earnings for women: $35,831

Wichita, Kansas women earn just 73 cents for every dollar earned by men in the city. Educational attainment is often an indicator of potential earnings with higher education leading to higher earnings. However, this does not appear to be the case in the Wichita metro area where women adults tend to be more highly educated than men adults. Despite their higher educational attainment, women are much less likely to have the higher-paying jobs a college education typically affords. Women occupy just 8.2% of architecture and engineering jobs in Wichita, 19.2% of computer and mathematical occupations, and 34.1% of management roles. In each category, women are also paid less than their male counterparts.

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7. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 72.6%
> Median earnings for men: $46,410
> Median earnings for women: $33,713

Women earn just about 73 cents for every dollar men earn in Augusta-Richmond County, one of the largest pay gaps in the country. While computer and mathematical jobs are some of the most lucrative nationwide, women in the field in Augusta earn $25,000 less than men and $20,000 less than their female counterparts nationwide. Similarly, women working in business and finance in Augusta earn just 58% of what men in the field earn, one of the largest pay gaps for the industry of any metro area. The median earnings for women across all occupations in Augusta-Richmond County is just $33,713 a year, less than the $39,054 median annual earnings for women nationwide.

Akron, Ohio
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6. Akron, OH
> Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 71.3%
> Median earnings for men: $50,424
> Median earnings for women: $35,956

Women in Akron earn just 71.3% of what men earn, one of the widest pay gaps nationwide. Women are underrepresented in some of Akron’s highest-paying industries, which is likely one reason behind the income disparity. Women occupy 37.3% of all management positions, 10.7% of architecture and engineering positions, and 28.7% of all life, physical, and social science positions in the metro area, each among the smallest shares in the country.