Special Report

Worst Paying Jobs For Women

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15. Accountants and auditors
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 70.6%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,018
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,441
> Number of workers: 1.5 million

Pay equity is less likely in male-dominated occupations. Still, some of the worst gender pay gaps are in occupations with high shares of female employees. Of all occupations with the worst gender pay gaps, none more heavily consists of women than accounting and auditing jobs. Of the roughly 1.5 million Americans employed as accountants or auditors, 61.5% are women.

The gender pay gap across all full-time jobs is smaller today than it was 10 years ago. For accountants and auditors, however, it is slightly larger. Wages for men and women working full-time are up from 2007 by 3.0% and 5.2% respectively. Male accountants and auditors earn 4.7% more today than in 2007, compared to the wage growth of just 2.3% for women in the occupation.

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14. Property, real estate, and community association managers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 70.4%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $815
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,157
> Number of workers: 402,000

Property, real estate, and community association managers are responsible for the various aspects of maintaining commercial and residential properties. Such workers assist in sales, as well as inspections, contracting landscapers, record keeping, and more. The typical male working as a property and real estate manager earns an estimated $60,164 a year. The typical female working in the exact same position earns only $42,380 annually.

Over the last decade, wages went up across all full-time occupations, and the gender pay gap shrank. By contrast, wages of women working as property managers declined by 4.0%, while wages for men in the occupation, increased by 2.8%.

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13. Retail salespersons
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 70.4%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $514
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $730
> Number of workers: 1.8 million

Retail sales jobs are some of the most common jobs in the country — approximately 1.8 million people work full-time in such positions. Women comprise 40.0% of retail salespersons, compared to 44.3% of all full-time occupations. Millions more Americans work these jobs part-time, for which weekly wages are even lower.

Unlike nearly every other job on this list, wages for men in retail sales positions have declined since 2007, while women earn 8.3% more compared to a decade ago. Despite the wage increase for women, the typical woman working in the job earns $514 per week, 70.4% what a man in the same position makes.

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12. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 70.0%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $584
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $834
> Number of workers: 686,000

Research has shown females often face greater gender discrimination in male-dominated work environments. Still, occupations in which women comprise a majority of the workforce are not immune to gross pay disparities.

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers of raw and finished materials, who are responsible for identifying defects and ensuring quality, are more likely to be women than men. Women earn only 70 cents for every dollar men earn in the same job. On an annual basis, the typical male working as an inspector and tester of materials earns an estimated $43,368, while the typical woman in the field earns only $30,368 a year.

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11. Credit counselors and loan officers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 69.6%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $926
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,331
> Number of workers: 351,000

Credit counselors and loan officers evaluate loan applications and advise on debt management and acquisition for businesses and individuals. It is one of only 11 full-time occupations nationwide where women earn less than 70 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. On an annual basis, the typical man in the field earns an estimated $69,212. Meanwhile, the estimated median annual pay for women is only $48,152.

Unequal pay in the financial industry may be a more serious problem than in other sectors. Credit counselors and loan officers are one of several finance-related occupations with a near nation-leading gender pay gap.