20 Worst Paying Jobs for Women

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20. Financial analysts
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 74.9%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,197
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,599
> Number of workers: 261,000 (46.7% women)

Assessing the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments is all in a day’s work for financial analysts. Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Less than half the people employed as financial analysts are female, and their median weekly salary is not even 75% of their male counterparts’s median salary. The typical woman employed full-time as a financial analyst makes about $400 less a week, which amounts to a $20,904 annual gap.

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19. Industrial engineers, including health and safety
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 74.0%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,163
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,571
> Number of workers: 245,000 (22.0% women)

A variety of bachelor’s degrees can lead to an industrial engineering career, among them general engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, and industrial engineering technology. Health and safety industrial engineers would need a bachelor’s in environmental health and safety, or in one of the engineering disciplines.

Women industrial engineers’ median earnings are 26% below those of male industrial engineers, who also hold 78% of the jobs.

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18. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 73.8%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $672
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $911
> Number of workers: 2,421,000 (43.9% women)

This is one job where the salary gender gap has narrowed slightly in the past year. In our 2018 report, women earned 71.7% as much as men in the same job compared to 73.8% in the current report, a 2.1 percentage point improvement. The median weekly wages have slightly increased for both men and women in the job.

Still, the gap remains large, and women earn $239 less a week than men, a difference that adds up to $12,428 annually. Narrowing the gender pay gap in this lower-paying occupation would significantly help women cope financially.

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17. Marketing and sales managers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 73.5%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,362
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,852
> Number of workers: 963,000 (46.4% women)

The nearly 1 million sales and marketing managers are responsible for setting sales goals and planning and coordinating marketing initiatives.

While the share of female marketing and sales managers has increased from 43.1% last year to 46.4%, a 3.3 percentage points increase, the wage gap has remained largely unchanged. Women working as marketing and sales managers gross a median weekly salary of $1,362, compared with a median weekly wage of $1,852 men working full-time in the same job.

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16. Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 73.4%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $518
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $706
> Number of workers: 110,000 (48.2% women)

Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers are employed from coast to coast, with the highest concentration in California, Texas, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. People holding this job title are charged with putting together or modifying electrical, electronic, or electromechanical equipment like computers, brakes, electric motors, and other devices.

While the gender pay gap in this occupation is one of the largest, median wages for both sexes are among the lowest compared to all jobs. In the course of a year, men doing this work will outgross women in the same jobs by a median of almost $10,000 — one of the smaller dollar differences of all occupations on this list.