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When Women are Paid More than Men: A Short Story

There are very few jobs in which women are paid more than men by average, and none of the jobs are high level positions.

| BY Kent McDill

There are rare occasions when women on average are paid more than men, but the difference is relatively miniscule.

The United States Census Bureau has released new information regarding the pay gap between genders in America, comparing full-time wages in 342 professions. The Washington Post examined the numbers in those 342 professions, and found nine in which women averaged more in salary than men.

In five of the jobs, the difference was less than $1,000 per year. In all but one case the average difference was less than $1,200 per year.

But those jobs do exist.

For instance, women are paid more than men on average to be counselors. The average pay for a woman is $42,369, and for men it is $42, 299, a difference on average per year of just $70.

On the high end of the spectrum, women are paid an average of $66,266 to be a producer or director. Men are paid $62,368 on average, the largest difference between the genders when women earned more than men.

The other professions in which women average a higher salary than men were cleaners of vehicles and equipment (a difference of $1,188 annually); wholesale and retail buyers (excepting farm equipment) ($1,371); transportation security screeners ($1,019); social and human services assistants ($799); special education teachers ($446); transportation, storage and distribution managers ($242); and dishwashers ($30). Only one of those positions suggested a management or executive position.

On the other side of the coin, when men make more than women for doing similar work, they are often paid 30 percent or more. As Business Insider shows in this chart, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that men are paid on average $90,278 as a financial manager, while women are paid $57,406 in the same position.

In the case of securities, commodities and financial services sales agents, the difference is more than 80 percent ($51,284 for women to $93,795 for men).



About the Author

Kent McDill

Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.

In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.

McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.

McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy  Buffett and all things Disney.