Charting the Gender Wage Gap
There’s only one occupational group in the U.S. in which women out-earn men
Despite women’s gains in the workplace in recent years, there is only one occupational group out of the hundreds reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in which women earn more than men (see chart) and a second in which they are paid equal wages. In virtually every job, women lag behind, in some cases badly. Physicians and surgeons, for example, made only 62% of their male counterparts’ salaries. Female CEOs, meanwhile, are paid about 70% of male chief executives’ wages.
Several trends emerged when Fortune parsed the data on wage disparity between occupations. The careers with more women in them (teachers, nurses, information clerks), tend to offer closer to equal pay. In male-dominated jobs (police officers, clergy and truck drivers), the differences were more stark. And often, it’s the high-paying jobs (lawyers, software developers, and civil engineers) that have many more male workers than female.
The charts below show some definitive evidence that when it comes to gender parity at work, we still have a very long way to go.