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Gender Wage Gap by Selected Occupations, 2000

Occupation Percent
women
Earnings
ratio
(%)
Occupations with estimated earnings1 of
 under $20,000
Waiter/waitress 69% 87%
Cleaning and building service occupations 40 80
Cashiers 76 88
Food preparation and service 50 90
Maids and housemen 80 85
Occupations with estimated earnings1 between $20,000 and $34,000
Bus driver 45% 79%
Sales worker; retail and personal 56 64
Mechanics and repairers 5 97
Construction trades 2 79
Truck drivers 4 71
Occupations with estimated earnings1 above $34,000
Accountants and auditors 60% 72%
Securities and financial serivces sales 33 57
Physicians 31 58
Teachers, college and university 38 79
Lawyers and judges 29 73
Economists 48 68
Occupations in which the majority of workers are women
Registered nurse 91% 88%
Social worker 71 92
Admin. support, including clerical 77 80
Teachers, except college and universities 74 81
1. Approximate annual earnings were estimated by multiplying median weekly wages for men by 52 weeks.
Source: National Committee on Pay Equity.

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