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Women Earn More Than Men

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In a number of professions, the average salary for women is higher than the average for men. CNN is listing 39 of the 80 such professions discovered by the author of Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap — and What Women Can Do About It. If you look at the “female advantage” of each of these professions, the ones at the top are sales engineers (women earn 43% more than men), statisticians (35% more), and legislators (33% more).

The accompanying article makes some generalizations and justifications in order to determine the reason behind this situation.

* In a male-dominated field, a company may be willing to pay a premium to hire a qualified woman.
* The combination of people skills and technical skills is in demand.
* There are career programs designed to advance women.

Relatedly, I wrote about the differences between men and women in regards to salary negotiations last year.

Updated February 7, 2012 and originally published February 28, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar terrell

I’d be interested to know how many total professions are out there, how they count if something is a profession or not, and how many of those professions pay higher salaries to men. I’d be willing to be that men still make more money than women in the majority of professions.

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avatar Luke Landes

You’re probably right, terrell.

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avatar real people, real finances

Undoubtedly men make more money in the mojority of professions – if not the list would be a lot longer…

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