Special Report

Worst Paying Jobs For Women

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10. Financial managers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 69.3%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,157
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,670
> Number of workers: 1.1 million

A March 2017 paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that at firms in the financial services sector with disproportionately male workforces women were more likely to face gender discrimination. Of all financial managers, slightly more than half are women. Yet, women working the job still earn significantly less than their male peers. The NBER study also found that following an incidence of misconduct, females in the financial advisory industry face harsher punishments than males despite lower likelihood of repeat offenses. Such incidents were also found to be less costly than those involving male employees.

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9. Other teachers and instructors
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 69.3%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $786
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,135
> Number of workers: 370,000

Other teachers and instructors includes a range of occupations that do not fit neatly into other education-related job categories. They include such workers as literacy instructors, self-enrichment educators, substitute teachers, and tutors. The range of jobs within the occupation often pay very differently. This may be one of the many factors that helps explain the gender pay gap. The typical female in the field earns only $786 a week, while the typical male in the field earns $1,135 a week.

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8. Sales representatives, services, all other
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 68.7%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $826
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,202
> Number of workers: 427,000

Sales representative, services, all other, encompasses miscellaneous sale-related jobs. According to the BLS, such occupations include anything from a business sales representative, to a membership solicitor. Like most of the occupations with the widest gender pay gaps, sales representatives, including women, are relatively well paid. But while the median weekly wage for women in the occupation of $826 is above average, it is equal to just 68.7% of the $1,202 weekly median income for men.

Women comprise a minority share of sales representatives and services jobs. Of the 427,000 Americans working in the field, just over one third are women.

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7. Administrative services managers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 68.1%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $952
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,398
> Number of workers: 172,000

A college degree is a common way to increase earning potential, and women with bachelor’s degrees earn considerably more than women without a college education. At the same time, in some occupations, men appear to benefit substantially more from their degrees than women. For example, a bachelor’s degree is a requirement for administrative services managers, who plan and direct administrative services for a given organization. Yet women working in such jobs earn only about 68 cents for every dollar men in the same positions earn. The position is one of several managerial jobs in which women are significantly underpaid.

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6. Marketing and sales managers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 65.4%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,142
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,745
> Number of workers: 921,000

Sales and marketing managers are responsible for setting sales goals and planning and coordinating marketing initiatives. These jobs are much higher paying for men than they are for women. The estimated median annual earnings for the 403,000 women working these jobs full-time nationwide is $59,384. Meanwhile, the median annual income for men in the occupation is $90,740. Marketing sales managers require skill sets from both sales and management fields, two professions that often have especially wide gender pay gaps.