Jobs Where Women Earn More Than Men


jobs where women earn more than menBy Christine Laue

Try telling the woman scraping plaque off your teeth that it's a man's world.

Female dental hygienists earn eight percent more than their male counterparts, according to online salary database

While U.S. Census statistics historically show that women's earnings lag men's, they don't show the whole picture, says Katie Bardaro, PayScale's lead analyst. They only compare median earnings of all full-time, year-round workers. But break earnings down by profession and compare equal factors such as experience and education, and men don't always make more, Bardaro says.

Many of the jobs in which women earn more than men are either female-dominated jobs or extremely male-dominated jobs.

That's no surprise to Caren Goldberg, a professor at American University in Washington, D.C., who studies workplace gender issues. "Women in traditionally male-dominated jobs are rewarded for bucking the stereotype, while women in traditionally female jobs are rewarded for 'fitting in,'" Goldberg says.

Delana Nelson, a dental hygienist of 25 years living in Rapid City, S.D., not only had a female mentor in a field with 95 percent women but also feels she has excelled. Her pay and responsibilities have grown, and today she co-owns and manages her husband's dental practice.

What other professions offer females the opportunity of better pay than men? PayScale lists five below, followed by that job's median female pay and a comparison to men's pay.

Facilities Director - $74,200

Pay above men's: 9 percent

A facilities director's duties vary by the organization but generally involve managing buildings, grounds, equipment and supplies. In small organizations, experience may be all you need. But in large organizations, you might need a bachelor's degree and more experience.

-- Find facilities director jobs

IT Network Engineer - $64,200

Pay above men's: 5 percent

Kelly Tollefson, an IT network engineer, is the only female on her Bellevue, Neb., office's team of 13. She said employers seeking workplace diversity pay women more as an incentive.

Employers often require a bachelor's degree. Some prefer a master's in business administration with a concentration in information systems. An associate's degree or professional certification with related work experience may be sufficient.

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Advertising Broadcast Producer - $55,600

Pay above men's: 9 percent

Nan Pike, an advertising broadcast producer at Bozell, an Omaha, Neb. advertising firm, says she's never encountered obstacles or special treatment because of her gender.

"It's all about if you do the job," she said.

The job involves facilitating all areas of the broadcast production process for a client, from budgets to timelines. Employers often prefer a bachelor's or master's degree, often in advertising or journalism. Relevant areas of study include marketing, consumer behavior, visual arts, art history, photography or market research.

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Television Producer/Director - $53,500

Pay above men's: 9 percent

People in this role can follow many paths to employment. Producers often get their start working in a performing arts union or for a press agent, managing director or business manager. Directors often enter the industry as actors or writers or assisting other directors.

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Legal Assistant - $33,400

Pay above men's: 6 percent

Most legal assistants have an associate's degree in paralegal studies or a bachelor's degree in another field with a certificate in paralegal studies. Community colleges are the typical route, but a few schools offer bachelor's and master's degrees in paralegal studies. Some employers offer on-the-job training, and most don't require certification. Some certifications require renewal tests and continuing education.

When Kari Frangos decided to become a paralegal following a layoff from her advertising job, she bypassed school by landing a job with training from senior paralegal mentors -- two of whom were women.

"They wanted me to succeed, so they were always willing to give me feedback," says Frangos, who now works as a paralegal at a Houston litigation firm. "I absolutely love it and think it was what I was destined to do."

-- Find legal assistant jobs

Source: Salary data is provided by online salary database Salaries listed are annual salaries -- including any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing -- for full-time male and female workers with equal years of experience, education, company size and other factors. Job descriptions are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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March 28 2012 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh they forgot the Basketball wives and the real housewives of every state lol.

March 02 2012 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You forgot models and porn actresses. Chicks earn 15-20 times more than men in those fields.

March 02 2012 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Much to do with affirmative action. If it wasn't for that, their true worth in the workplace would be much less than a man's salary.

March 02 2012 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about... nurses, escorts, models, kindergarten teachers, porn stars, hooters waitresses, Playboy bunnies, secretaries. Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, Victoria's Secret models. That's 10 and I didn't even have to think about it.

March 02 2012 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jenna Lee

1.2 of those jobs don't even have a male in the world working them so how could you compare.

March 02 2012 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mammography technologists earn 20-30% more than male x-ray techs, who aren't even allowed to apply for those jobs, and courts have ruled that it is not discrimination. In regular x-ray field, men do more work for the same pay, as they are constantly being asked to move heavy patients from and to gurneys, etc. It is equal pay for the same job description, but in that job description the amount of work is not equal.

A hospital full of female nurses has higher labor costs than an identical hosptial with all male nurses. Re: At any given time, about 5% of the female workforce is out on maternity leave, many drawing sick time in their absence, and the hospital has to be staffed at 105% of an all male staff.
Men can take a family medical LOA by law, but it will be unpaid leave. They cannot take their sick time to be with their wife in the delivery room, but the wife is using hers.
Sorry, but until men start having babies, women will make less then men in the workforce because they will choose jobs where flexible hours are more important than higher salary, or their employer has higher labor costs when women are a majority of their workforce.
Even in the military, women have lowered physical performance standards then male recruits to complete basic training. They have 5 times as many stress fractures of their tibias, and metatarsals, and cost the military more in health care costs. Men don't suddenly find themselves pregnant on the battlefield and must be removed from duty.

March 02 2012 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Well Larry ... would you like to try to somehow change your anatomy and do the job of bearing children for us? Do you have children? Are you the one who takes them to the pediatrician and is called first for all family emergencies .... Can't have it both ways. Sorry, women are good, but unfortunately can't physically be in two places at once

March 02 2012 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't forget street walking and lap dancing.

March 02 2012 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay, you have highlighted six jobs where men on average earn less than women. However, in each case the women out earn the men from only 5 to 9 percent. So a man earning 91 to 95 percent of what a woman earns in six fields, while on average women earn 80% of what men earn across the board. Your point? Oh, and the one example of a woman dental hygienist who is co-owner of a dental practice, with her husband the dentist, would logically be the highest paid hygienist working there.

The issue is equal pay for equal work when all other factors are considered. It should be about performance and skill. Race, sex, marital status, children at home, and so on, should not be factors.

March 02 2012 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In The Nevada Brothels a woman makes about 2000 times as much their male counterparts

March 02 2012 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

dental hygenist would be the WORST could not pay me enough!

March 02 2012 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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