Women do make more than men — at 9 jobs, anyway

Mar 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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Yes, women can and do make more than men, but according to a recent report, it's only a fraction of the time.

The gender pay gap keeps marching on to the same tune — that is, women are, on average, paid 78 percent as much as men. A recently released report examines this gap more closely to reveal the scant number of professions where women eke out a salary greater than men, and the number of those jobs is depressingly low.

What are the jobs where women earn more than men? Producers/directors, vehicle cleaners, wholesale/retail buyers (except farm products), transportation security screeners, social and human service assistants, special education teachers, transportation/storage/distribution managers, dishwashers and counselors. And even in these jobs, the amount women earn over men is nearly negligible, in some cases only surpassing men's average salaries by $30.

By contrast, in the other 300-plus professions, the gap between men and women was quite a bit wider. Some of the most extreme examples showed a $40,000-plus gap between men and women, doing the same type of full-time, year-round job. These jobs included farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers ($41,691 for men, compared to $25,310 for women), morticians, funeral directors and undertakers ($51,129 for men, compared to $31,023 for women) and financial analysts ($100,081 for men, compared to $63,424 for women).

According to Business Insider, there are several factors that may come into play when we examine the disparity in salaries between men and women. For one, women often desire and request more flexibility in their careers, which can be a detriment to their potential earnings. Also, it's been found that more men than women negotiate their salaries, and when women do negotiate, they often do so at a cost — namely negative attitudes and a more hostile work environment.

While the results of this study are certainly enlightening, they are also discouraging — how far have we come, and how far do we have yet to go?

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