10. Retail salespersons
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 71.1%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $543
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $764
> Number of workers: 1,860,000 (38.5% women)
With 1.8 million people nationwide employed full-time as retail salespersons — 716,000 (38.5%) of whom are women — this occupation is one of the largest in the country.
Women working full-time in retail sales are underrepresented in the higher paying management jobs while and overrepresented in lower paying sales, stocking, and cashier positions. As is generally the case across the U.S. workforce, this could help explain the pay gap, which among such workers is the difference between male and female median weekly earnings of $764 and $543.
9. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 71.0%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $745
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,050
> Number of workers: 792,000 (18.9% women)
People holding these supervisory roles are likely to be employed by businesses making plastics, machinery, car parts, coal and petroleum products, among other items. Less than 20% of the people holding this job are female, and their income is almost 30% lower than the typical male working a similar job. The $305 weekly difference in median income adds up to more than $300,000 over the course of a 20-year career.
8. Financial managers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 70.7%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,262
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,784
> Number of workers: 1,158,000 (57.3% women)
Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. While women dominate in the fieldâcurrently filling more than 57% of the positionsâmen dominate in the pay envelope. Women are paid less than 71 cents compared with each dollar men are paid in the position.
Unfortunately, the pay disparity has not improved over last year’s report. The gap in the median weekly salary worsened from $507 last year to $522 according to the latest figures.
7. Real estate brokers and sales agents
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 69.9%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $883
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,264
> Number of workers: 528,000 (55.1% women)
The percentage of women working as real estate brokers and sales agents has remained the same since last year’s reportâ55.1%–but the wage gap has widened. The job entails helping clients buy, sell, and rent properties, and compensation frequently includes large commissions. According to the latest figures the median weekly income disparity between male and female sales agents and brokers is $381. The statistic is especially disappointing considering that the difference the previous year was $341.
According to a 2015 survey of women employed in real estate and land use careers by the Urban Land Institute, a disproportionately small share of women in the field are executives at their real estate firms.
6. Chief executives
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 69.8%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,736
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $2,488
> Number of workers: 1,098,000 (28.0% women)
The BLS ranks chief executives as the 10th highest paying occupation. Chief executives earn their keep by devising strategies and policies to ensure the business meets its goals; other duties include planning, directing, and coordinating operational activities.
While no doubt that life at the top can be pretty cushy, it is way cushier for some than for others. Women now hold fewer than one-third of all chief executive jobs, and the typical female CEO earns a $1,736 per week compared to the median weekly earnings for men of $2,488. The difference for women could mean earning more than $10 million less than men holding the same title.