The 9 Jobs Where Women Earn More Than Men

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The U.S. Census Bureau sure knows how to celebrate.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the federal agency released new median earnings of men and women by occupation. The data are based on the bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey — and from a woman’s perspective, the picture is not pretty.

Perhaps the most depressing figures illustrate women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings. Out of the few hundred professions included in the data, there is not one in which women make 100 percent of what men make, and there are only nine in which women (barely) earn more than 100 percent. They are:

  1. Producers and directors: Women earn 106.2 percent of men’s earnings, but constitute only 37.3 percent of the occupation’s workforce.
  2. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment: 105 percent of men’s earnings (13.5 percent of the occupation’s workforce).
  3. Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products: 103.3 percent of men’s earnings (49.2 percent of the occupation’s workforce).
  4. Transportation security screeners: 102.5 percent of men’s earnings (35.9 percent of the occupation’s workforce).
  5. Social and human service assistants: 102.3 percent of men’s earnings (78.8 percent of the occupation’s workforce).
  6. Special education teachers: 101 percent of men’s earnings (84.6 percent of the occupation’s workforce).
  7. Counselors: 100.2 percent of men’s earnings (69.6 percent of occupation’s workforce)
  8. Dishwashers: 100.2 percent of men’s earnings (15.5 percent of the occupation’s workforce)
  9. Transportation, storage and distribution managers: 100.5 percent of men’s earnings (18.2 percent of the occupation’s workforce).

“Legal professions” is the occupation category in which women earn the least compared to men. There, women pull in a mere 52.6 percent of what men do.

The specific occupations in which women earn the least are securities, commodities and financial services sales agents (54.7 percent), and all other financial specialists (59.7 percent).

The financials news isn’t all bad for ladies today, though. Business Insider reports that in 2013, 40 percent of households with children under age 18 were headed by bread-winning women.

Women able to earn more than their husbands are also more likely to control the family finances, Farnoosh Torabi, author of “When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women,” told Business Insider.

Torabi cites studies showing that “in households where the husband earns more money, both spouses share in the financial decision making. But in marriages where the wife brings home a bigger paycheck, the woman is twice as likely as her husband to make all the financial decisions.”

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