One of the country's most important contemporary social issues is as simple as dollars and cents — closing the gender pay gap. The conversation about equal pay between genders has risen to a fever pitch, and the current presidential race has further amplified the topic.
A look at the current employment landscape shows some significant differences in pay for men and women. Using the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerTrends has identified the 25 occupations with the biggest gap in median salaries for men and women.
The data was collected via the Current Population Survey, which is sponsored jointly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The CPS questionnaire is administered by Census Bureau field representatives across the country through both personal and telephone interviews to a random sample of men and women from various fields. The participants are selected using a probability selected sample of about 60,000 occupied households. To learn more about the methodology, click here.
Notes About the Data
- The salary figures listed make no distinction between different levels of experience or job location.
- Not all occupations have 2014 data available, so we used the most recent data provided by the BLS, going as far back as 2010.
- Since the data is collected via survey, it is subject to sampling errors.