Industries with the smallest gender wage gap

Published: Sunday, Aug. 18 2013 10:32 p.m. MDT

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Women are entering the business world in increasing numbers, and in the past two decades have even largely overtaken some positions within the professional work force. Forbes reported in 2011 that 66.8 percent of all human resources managers were female, and female meeting and convention planners now make up 83.3 percent of that work force.

The BLS recorded in 2009 that the average woman working in this field receives 76.6 percent of what a man earns. With 4,080,000 women considered in this category, the average salary sits at $744 per week.
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Sandy, UT

I'm glad that this article gave a mention and a link to the other side of the story- an important side- that reveals that almost all of the gender gap is in fact not a gender gap. Differences in chosen fields, gap years in a career, lack of negotiating salary before starting, etc etc. Once you take out everything except gender, which is admittedly very difficult, you are left with 5% or less.

I am all for equal pay for equal work, but I find it sad that many men and women have a view of the world being cruel and unfair in this regard when it actually isn't. Victimhood is a huge barrier to personal or career success and happiness; if I were to feel like no matter what I did I would always be 20% "behind" I think that feeling would be almost as bad as the lagging pay itself. So if you're female, or male for that matter, fear not, the gender gap is not nearly what it's portrayed as being. It flames up readers and opinions and gets the pot stirring, so it comes up often, but in the vast majority of workplaces it's a farce.

open minded
Lehi, UT

I find it pretty awesome that the top 7 industries all have strong UNION ties.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

If I were to go to Provo School District say and asked to see their pay scale for teachers, would I find as the article said women making 77 cents on the dollar to men? Or would I find the same exact pay scale for all employees based on the same criteria (work experience and educational achievement). Again, this is all bogus statistics...

Omaha, NE

These statistics about women pay are actually possibly a serious problem going forward. What % of students at any particular college are women? Nationally, it's now between 60-70%, and it's climbing even higher. Giving women equal opportunities has been the focus for so long and we've focused on them for so long that the practices have "paid off" and now way more women than men go to college. These women and those like them who have graduated over the last 10 years, will have better opportunities and better pay of course as they take leadership roles more often than in the past.

What is troubling to me, is the young men now. Not the women. In England they've had this problem for about 15 years longer than we have. The did the same thing as we have, and like us, overdid it. The result... staggering unemployment in the 30-something male population. They are calling it the Lost Generation. How many males out there are disengaged in school? Too many in my opinion. It's possible have too many "Women in Engineering" clubs and not enough "Engineering Clubs". Other changes are needed, I'm sure.

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