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Leveling the Playing Field for Working Women


Although we’re a long way from total pay equality, there are still some professions that pay women as much as their male counterparts, if not more. Here are some of the best industries that are exercising fair pay.


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The Washington D.C. and Maryland area boast a noticeably small pay gap between men and women. Government and public sector jobs are a big part of that equation according to the Office of Personal Management, which notes that over the last 20 years, pay inequality has shrunk by 15 percent.


Traditionally a masculine industry, this male-dominated profession has a suprisingly small pay gap, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics. Women working in this field, primarily as construction managers, made 97.6 cents for every dollar men earned back in 2012.     


Even though investment banking is mostly a man’s world, women with an MBA have been able to make more than their male colleagues — 102 percent more, based on an article in Bloomberg Businessweek.   


Both The New York Times and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that women working part-time are doing well and earning on average $10 more per week than men. This is especially good news, given that gender pay gaps usually don’t take into account the number of hours women have to work compared to men. 

Health Care

In an industry that has no shortage of demand, the healthcare world offers fair salaries for pharmacists and registered nurses. On average, female pharmacists will earn 100 percent of what males make, while female nurses, even though they are the minority in this job type, take home 91 percent of a man’s earnings. 


Unlike similar fields that are heavily occupied by women, this industry is historically one of the best in terms of pay gaps. According to the American Association of University Women, female teachers take home 93 percent of what male teachers earn. 

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