20 Worst Paying Jobs for Women

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5. Sales representatives, services, all other
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 69.4%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $933
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,345
> Number of workers: 427,000 (26.5% women)

More than a million workers around the nation are now employed in the category known as sales representatives, services, all other. The job title includes a variety of sales-related positions, such as energy broker and sales reps working in telecommunications, scientific research, and financial services.

While there were significantly fewer people in the field a year ago—just over 450,000—the percentage of females holding the position has pretty much held steady. The current 28% is up just 1.8 percentage points over last year’s report. The pay gap has narrowed slightly, from a $430 difference in pay between men and women to a $412 difference this year.

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4. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 67.4%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $559
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $829
> Number of workers: 2,791,000 (5.6% women)

Very few women are among the millions of driver/sales workers and truck drivers who pick up and deliver packages and small shipments regionally. In fact, while this job employs more Americans than any other occupation on this list, the category attracts the lowest percentage of women among the 20 worst paying jobs for women.

Just 5.6% of workers in this profession are women, though the percentage has increased from last year’s 4.9%. But even as more women work in the profession the wage gap has increased from 73% of men’s median earnings last year to 68% this year. While men’s median weekly pay increased from $807 to $829, women’s pay actually dropped from $589 to $559.

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3. Physicians and surgeons
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 66.7%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,677
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $2,513
> Number of workers: 827,000 (42.6% women)

While doctors and surgeons generally earn some of the highest salaries, women doctors and surgeons still make considerably less — about two-thirds less — than their men counterparts. The considerable pay gap persists even as women now account for more than 42% of physicians and surgeons in this country.

In fact, a recent study revealed that the noble profession ranks No. 2 on the list of careers in which the gender income gap will cost women the most money. Over the course of her career, a typical female physician or surgeon will earn close to $20 million less than her male counterparts.

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2. Credit counselors and loan officers
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 65.7%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $948
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,443
> Number of workers: 332,000 (53.3% women)

The BLS expects employment for loan officers to increase by 11% between 2016 and 2026. But the percentage of women employed as credit counselors and loan officers has actually decreased in the past year. In 2018, women accounted for 60.3% of all people holding the job title, and the new statistics show women hold just 53.3% of the jobs in the occupation, a drop of 7 percentage points.

The wage gap has increased too, with women currently earning less than 66 cents for every dollar paid to men in the same jobs. Last year, females earned about 72 cents for every dollar males earned.

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1. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
> Women’s earnings as pct. of men’s: 63.9%
> Women’s median weekly earnings: $1,047
> Men’s median weekly earnings: $1,639
> Number of workers: 197,000 (33.5% women)

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents is another profession where the gender wage gap increased rather than decreased over the past year. Last year, women earned 64.3% as much as men with the same job title. The latest figures show women now earn even less than men, at 63.9% of men’s median earnings.

In dollar terms, the gender difference in the weekly median earnings has increased from $505 last year to $592 this year.