Equal Pay Day: Men Outearn Women in All But 1 of 20 Most Common Jobs

Report shows female workers earn 77 percent of what men make each year

Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

We can’t wait for the year when there’s no need for an Equal Pay Day.

Today’s annual observance (“This date symbolizes how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011,” the National Committee on Pay Equity notes) reminds us that women are still earning just 77 percent of what men make annually, according to a news release from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

The group released its annual analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor stats, finding that in all but one of the 20 most common jobs for women, men earn more across the board.

That one job, bookkeeping and auditing clerk, offers equal pay for the genders, the release states.

In the most common male jobs, women made 3 percent more than men in one occupation: stock clerk and order filler.

The gender pay gap is largest, according to the report, for property, real estate and community association managers: the women made 61 percent of what the men made last year. 

“These gender wage gaps are not about women choosing to work less than men—the analysis is comparing apples to apples, men and women who all work full time—and we see that across these 40 common occupations, men nearly always earn more than women,” IWPR study director Ariane Hegewisch says in the release. “Discrimination law cases provide us with some insights on the reasons that the wage gap persists: women are less likely to be hired into the most lucrative jobs, and—when they work side by side with men—they may get hired at a lower rate, and receive lower pay increases over the years. Discrimination in who gets hired for the best jobs hits all women but particularly black and Hispanic women.”

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