15. Personal financial advisors
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 73.3%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,207
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,647
> Number of workers: 414,000 (35.3% women)
The personal financial advisors profession was No. 1 in last year’s report. With the highest gender wage gap, women in the profession earned just 58.9% of the median earnings of men in the profession.
Though wage parity is still a long way away for women dispensing advice to individuals on matters such as investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes and retirement, the pay gap has significantly narrowed. Even with this step forward, the median weekly wages of women holding the job is still $440 below the median for men. Last year, the weekly earnings gap was $683.
14. Insurance underwriters
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 73.0%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,032
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,413
> Number of workers: 122,000 (58.2% women)
It is up to an underwriter to decide whether to provide insurance, and under what terms. Many employers prefer hiring someone with a bachelor’s degree for the job, though there is some flexibility if a candidate has related experience and strong computer skills.
Women hold a good majority of the jobs in the field, at 58.2%, but they’re earning just 73% of the median salary paid to men. The weekly difference amounts to close to $20,000 less a year for women compared to men with the same responsibilities.
13. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 72.1%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $816
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,131
> Number of workers: 728,000 (14.6% women)
Police officers are charged with protecting life and property in a work environment described as physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous, according to the BLS. Not only that, the rate of injury and illness of police and sheriff’s patrol officers is among the highest of all occupations. Plus, crime never sleeps, so shift work and long hours are common.
Only 14.6% of police and sheriff’s patrol officers are female, one of the lowest such shares of any occupation. As is generally the case, male dominated management positions can help explain the gender wage gap in a particular occupation. A recent study indicated that seniority and experience seem to pay off much more for men than for women.
12. Food processing workers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 72.0%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $539
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $749
> Number of workers: 142,000 (36.6% women)
The butcher, the baker, the flour-tortilla maker and so many other food processing workers are responsible for preparing most of the food we eat. They take raw ingredients in their most basic forms and get them ready to go into our shopping carts or onto our tables.
The median weekly wages of $539 for women and $749 for men are each among the lowest across all full-time occupations. The $210 gender pay gap in each week’s median wage adds up to a difference of $10,920 annually.
11. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 71.7%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $450
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $628
> Number of workers: 399,000 (14.5% women)
Long-held gender roles and biases, as well as old traditions, likely help explain why there are so few female taxi drivers and chauffeurs. Women account for only 14.5% of professional drivers in this category, one of the more skewed proportions and down from last year’s report.
What’s more, the pay gap in this profession has increased, from 72.7% of men’s median earnings last year to 71.7% this year. In the most recent statistics, women earned 71.7% as much as men on the job, a drop from the 72.7% we reported the previous year.