The outlook is good for women in the workforce today! The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting that the gap between men and women’s salaries is decreasing. In 2005, women made 81% as much as their male counterparts—which is an 18% increase since 1979. Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that some traditionally male-dominated occupations are seeing a rise in female workers. For example, the civil engineering occupation has seen a 196 percent increase in females.
Rachel Zupek, of CareerBuilder.com, wrote an interesting article entitled “The Gender Wars at Work.” She discusses the pay gap, and how the traditionally male-dominated industries are seeing more female workers. But the most interesting thing she discusses is that although the gap is closing, and more women are entering these jobs, the jobs that are being filled by women are often lower-paying.
In the article, Rachel includes data from PayScale.com and CBsalary.com, and lists the top 5 paying jobs for both male and female dominated jobs, as well as those not dominated by either sex. For you techies, IT Project Managers are listed as one of the top “not-dominated” jobs—with males making $82,000 and females $78,000. The percentage of females in this position is 32.
However, take a look at the top paying male dominated jobs—they’re all tech! Database Managers have the highest percentage of females—and its only 24%.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts—why do you think that although women are making more and more advances in the workplace, are we still filling the lower-paying jobs? Why are the highest paying tech jobs dominated by males? What can be done to address this?
Posted by Christy H.