Women’s earnings still lower than men’s

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Women’s median earnings continue to be lower than men’s, according to a report out today by the Washington, D.C. -based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. During 2009, median weekly earnings for female full-time workers were $657, compared with $819 for men,— a gender gap of 19.8 percent.

Women’s earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in jobs primarily done by women or in jobs predominately performed by men. 
Based on recent data from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the study finds only four occupations, out of 108 studied for both groups, where women earn more than men. The one with the highest earnings is dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers.

The female/male earnings ratio for this field is 111.1 percent, based on median weekly earnings in 2009 of $400 for women, and $360 for men. However, the report notes, this occupation ranks among the ten lowest-paid occupations for men. 

The pay gap is widest for physicians and surgeons, an occupation that ranks among the 10 highest paid occupations for both men and women. The female/male earnings ratio is 64.2 percent, based on median weekly earnings of $1,182 for women and $1,914 for men. 



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