Published on The Daily Femme – Saturday, July 17, 2010
Contributed by Annamarya
On Wednesday, The Huffington Post published 8 Jobs in Which Women Earn MORE than Men – a self-explanatory photo essay based off the June 2010 “Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2009” report by Bureau of Labor Statistics. Just by the title only, there’s some cause for rejoice – finally, there are positions, albeit eight, where women are compensated justly for their experience and education. But, upon reviewing the HuffPo piece and reading the report, that exulting is short-lived – as author Sarah Yin points out, while surprised there are occupations where women earn more, the study doesn’t “indicate any earth-shattering progress in the gender wage gap debate.” Women still gross significantly less than men – on average, a woman’s weekly paycheck only reflects 80.2 percent of a man’s in full-time jobs (unexpectedly, a woman in a part-time position, on average, brings in 103.2 percent of a man’s weekly salary. Not sure if this trend is necessarily a victory, but it’s a start). On top of that, in 2009, women paid hourly only made $11.76 on average, as opposed to men, who made $13.76 (Side note: according to this report, the standard error has changed slightly since 1979, when women made $9.97 an hour and men, $15.56, bringing the $5.59 difference down to $2).
In lieu of this, we suppose the eight jobs listed by HuffPo below do present a small triumph for working women everywhere – although, as Yin notes (and we concur) the report is lacking in its gender breakdown figures for a good chunk of the listed professions. Still, there’s a problem with this wage gap that HuffPo failed to address – while women make more than men in lower-paying industries, the median standard error is a great deal closer than in higher-paying businesses. For example, men in management, professional and related occupations saw an average of $1248 a week, whereas women only saw $907. That’s a $341 difference ($341!). Compare that to the mere $20 difference between female and male teacher assistants, and that small triumph seems more like a huge slap in the face.
Honestly, this deep-seeded chauvinist gender wage gap is baffling. Maybe one day a worker’s salary will be based on experience and education and not what they have going on down there. Maybe.
Eight Jobs Where Women Make More Than Men – By HuffPo
Science Technicians – Life, Physical and Social Science – Average weekly earnings: Women: $740 / Men: $723
Bakers – Average weekly earnings: Women: $466 / Men: $448
Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers – Average weekly earnings: Both sexes: $612 / Women: $614
Dietitians and nutritionists – Average weekly earnings: Women: $770 / Men: $759
Clerks: Information, record, order, interviewer – Average weekly earnings: Women: $681 / Both sexes: $679
Miscellaneous Personal Appearance Workers – Average weekly earnings: Women: $434 / Both sexes: $422
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants, Bartender Helpers – Average weekly earnings: Women: $400 / Men: $360
Teacher Assistants – Average weekly earnings: Women: $474 / Men: $454