The 10 worst and best jobs for equal pay

The gender wage gap is quite large for CEOs and those in finance-related jobs. But in other professions, women actually make more than men.

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Jun 24, 2013 12:47PM
The Title of this article is "The Ten Worst and Best Jobs for Equal Pay".  Why  is a Respiratory Therapist Job noted as the best when woman earn 6% more than men.  Wouldn't a job where the pay disparity between male and female is only .03% be better?  There are two of those noted in the article.  I am a firm believer in Equal Pay for an Equal Job and also in entitling an article to reflect its true intent.
Jun 24, 2013 1:05PM

Are you out of your mind?? Realtors don't make a salary as they are paid on commission. The commission is the same for all on any given transaction. There is ZERO difference between men and women agents.

People actually believe what they see on the internet so I really wish you would stop letting people with ABSOLUTLY NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT PRETEND THEY ARE EXPERTS.

Jun 24, 2013 1:06PM
made up story for a ridiculous agenda...I bet the data is so skewed as to only have one outcome.  No company that I know or have heard of posts a job and then pays a guy one wage and a girl another.  They'd be inviting all kinds of lawsuits.  Many women in their first 20 years make a little less because those are the child bearing/rearing years where many choose to stay home for sometime.  When they re-enter, they typically start at where they were in pay but their years on the job are more, therefore they seem to be making less.  That and a ton of other factors.  I don't buy into this for one second.  Put on your big girl panties and big boy briefs and provide for yourself and your family and quit worrying about what someone else makes.
Jun 24, 2013 1:22PM
The real problem is that they don't know how to phrase the subject. They are confusing equal pay with how much the average male or female receives in compensation. Go back to the realtor. Compensation offered in a real estate transaction is color and gender blind. It is offered to any realtor who brings a buyer. Now if a male realtor makes two sales of $100,000 and a female makes one sale of $100,000 then sure he makes more but to say that they don't get EQUAL pay for the amount of sales they make is creating a false impression. Talk about twisting facts!
So basically Kim Peterson, you are saying that the best "equal pay" jobs are those where women earn more??? And all this time I thought that equal pay meant just that. Equal pay......
Jun 24, 2013 12:37PM
You forgot the military - pay is publicly available, based on paygrade, years of service, etc, special circumstances ( hazardous duty pay, flight pay, etc.)  -  not based on what anyone else gets . no
Jun 24, 2013 1:32PM
This is a stupid article anyways, 8 of the ten worst are commission based while the best are all salary based.  Which goes to show, the harder you work, the more money you make.  Commission is all based on how much you do, not gender.
Jun 24, 2013 1:16PM
Seabee had a good start.  Not only military, but Federal jobs in general, are based on pay grade and years of service.  
Jun 24, 2013 1:27PM
Has anybody else noticed that most of the positions with the highest disparity are commission type positions and the salaried positions the pay is fairly similar?  Maybe they don't earn as much because they choose those jobs for the flexiblity and don't put in the same hours. 
Jun 24, 2013 1:14PM
Wait, Chief Executives only average $101k.  Did the author leave off a ''0"?  
Jun 24, 2013 1:42PM
How many of these positions were actually equal job to equal job? CEO of local flower shop just won't pay as much as CEO of Microsoft.  Financial analyst in Logan, UT won't earn same pay as financial analyst in NYC.  Part-time female workers won't earn as much in a year as full-time male workers (or part-time male workers who are available for more and odder hours than their female counterparts).  

Commissioned real estate sales pay the same % of commissions, so there shouldn't be any discrepancies in pay.  I'd bet the majority of these females were part-time agents or were working in markets that did not have higlhy inflated prices.. 
Jun 24, 2013 1:29PM
Show me where a woman is paid less than a man for the same, exact job, and I'll help you prosecute the employer...Where?
Jun 24, 2013 12:41PM
Kim Peterson, the concept of pay gap is not a baffling mystery and indeed, isn't what you think. Look up Dr. Warren Farrel. You're welcome.
Jun 24, 2013 2:06PM
Why is the best job for "equal pay"  the one with the highest gap in favor of women?  Isn't the best job for equal pay where women make 100% of what men make?  Or has the definition of equal changes since I was in school?
Jun 24, 2013 1:24PM

Agree with Seabee 10.  The All Volunteer Force has been around for over 30 years and the pay has always been equal rank/equal time/equal pay.  Housing is the same as are benefits.

Jun 24, 2013 1:30PM

Where did the author of this article get the data?   Okay here are some professions the author missed.


Worst job for equal pay: actors-actress/movie star:   The top actors make a lot more than the top actresses, but that's based on box office they bring in.

Professional Athletes:  It's the box office here, too.



Romance authors: Women score here.

Novelists:  Women score here.

Prostitutes:  Well, it's the market.

Jun 24, 2013 1:56PM
The statistics they use paint a false picture. There are many reasons why the average woman's income is less than the average man. Mostly because women are more likely to take years off from their career to have children they fall behind a man of equal age. Also because women are more likely to bear More/Most of the responsibility of childcare they tend to take on less at work than men. The childcare thing effects them in many ways from working part time twice as much as men, Working far less overtime, Even passing up promotions because with so much on their plate they feel it would be too much. I'm not saying that some women don't get screwed it's just not as bad on average as this article makes it seem. I would be the first one to cry unfair if when all things are equal the woman or man got paid less but there are many variables. Two people one of whom who has 30 years exp. vs. one with 20 years exp.(because she took ten years for her children), who works 65 hours a week vs. 48 hours (because she needs to be home to cook dinner and be the parent to her teens) are not going to make the same money at the same job period.  
Jun 24, 2013 1:30PM

Cops make the same pay whether it is a male or a female. The pay scales are set by local government, and controlled by Civil Service boards. I've worked with both men and women cops, and can't really say one is overwhelmingly better than the other. In some cases, one might be, but in other instances the other is. It's a wash for this former cop.


Questioning the brilliance of this article.


Also, real estate agents are paid on a commission. I have had both women and men, and they made the same percentage of the sale. And each were at times adequate, and inadequate. Gender didn't seem to play a role in their ability.

Jun 24, 2013 3:18PM
This was a horrible article, Kim. Most of the jobs listed under the "worst" section are commission based occupations!! The commission on the table is the same regardless your gender. Wow, I'll be sure not to read any of your stuff again as it obviously tends to try to mislead.
Jun 24, 2013 1:48PM
Education Administrators - The data is clearly skewed and this should be broken down based on the level of education.  I would imagine that each and every level of education has equal pay within that particular level, but then you lump in Preschool Directors, which would be the lowest paying level, which is completely dominated by women.  This would drastically skew the median earnings and achieve the desired outcome of the article.
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