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 @flexo on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.