It’s not just a Hollywood problem — men still commonly earn more than women for doing the exact same jobs. But there have to be some professions in which women out-earn their male counterparts, right?
Wrong. GOBankingRates tried to identify the jobs in which women make more money than men, and the results are nothing short of disappointing. There are only 11 professions in which women outearn the industry average, according to data collected from Glassdoor Economic Research and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To add insult to injury, the difference in pay between women and the average pay for these 11 jobs is nominal — with the average gap reaching just $1,594. As for jobs where women out-earn men? That data isn’t even available.
The gender pay gap is real, and there aren’t as many exceptions to the norm as we were hoping to find. Take a look at 11 jobs where pay for women exceeds the industry average and decide if you’d settle for these salaries.
Click through to see the industries where women can earn big money, even if men still earn more.
Slightly female-driven with a 0.5 percent gender employment gap, female therapists earn an average salary of $45,579, compared with the industry standard of $45,352 — a mere $227 difference. Education requirements for a therapist vary by type, but a master’s degree in psychology is typically needed to become a marriage and family therapist — one of many fields growing rapidly, with an expected growth of 23 percent through 2026.
10. Business Coordinator
It’s not a big gap, but 0.5 percent more women work in the business coordinator field, and they also have the gender wage gap on their side, with average female earnings totaling $43,050, compared with $42,836 for the job as a whole. Similar to a secretary or administrative assistant, a high school diploma is typically the only required education for the job, which is expected to decline 5 percent in volume by 2026.
Women are the majority in the procurement field by 0.8 percent, and their average pay of $61,339 is slightly higher than the standard $60,852 for this line of work. A job in procurement can take many different forms, but a bachelor’s degree is typically required to become a procurement manager — one of many jobs expected to decline, with the number of procurement jobs expected to fall by 3 percent through 2026.
8. Health Educator
Although it’s not one of the hottest new industries changing the economy, the health educator field is somewhat female-driven, with 0.9 percent more women than men, but women are leading the gender pay gap with an average salary of $44,598, compared with $44,200 for the job as a whole. Demand for health educators is expected to rise 14 percent through 2026, and a bachelor’s degree is typically the minimum required education for the job.
7. Social Media
The social media field employs 1.9 percent more women than men, and females take home an average salary of $50,334, which is slightly higher than the $49,395 average for this line of work. A bachelor’s degree is typically needed for social media jobs, and while specific growth information isn’t available, it seems like a safe bet that these jobs have some staying power.
6. Communications Associate
There are 2.2 percent more women working as communications associates than men, and they’re earning an average salary of $53,326, compared with the standard $52,178 for the job. Employment for media and communications workers is expected to increase 6 percent through 2026, and a bachelor’s degree is typically required for consideration.
5. Physician Advisor
The physician advisor field is slightly female-dominated, with 2.4 percent more women employed, but they’re earning an average of $146,746, compared with the standard $143,307 for the job. A master’s degree is usually required to become a physician assistant — a field which is expected to surge in demand by 37 percent through 2026.
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4. Purchasing Specialist
There are 5.5 percent more female purchasing specialists than male, and the women are earning an average salary of $53,573, as opposed to the industry standard of $50,780 — one of the bigger gaps in favor of women. The demand for purchasing agents is expected to decline 3 percent through 2026, and a bachelor’s degree is typically needed to get hired.
3. Research Assistant
Women are 6.6 percent more likely to be research assistants than men, and their average salary totals $32,670, compared with the standard $30,647 for this line of work. Job growth information for research assistants isn’t available, but a bachelor’s degree is typically required for work in business jobs, while a graduate degree is usually needed for work in academia, according to Study.com.
The merchandiser field is 7.6 percent more female than male, and women bring home an average salary of $28,281, compared with the industry standard rate of $26,283. Job growth data for merchandisers isn’t available, but a high school diploma or GED is typically required for this line of work, according to SnagAJob.
1. Social Worker
There are 7.8 percent more female social workers than male, and their average pay of $53,455, compared with the $49,587 standard for this line of work, represents the largest pay gap on the list. Demand for these professionals is expected to increase 16 percent through 2016, and a bachelor’s degree is required at minimum, but clinical social workers need a master’s degree.
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Methodology: GOBankingRates sourced the list of 11 jobs from Glassdoor’s report, Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap. The report determined average pay gap between genders and these 11 jobs had the highest percentage of pay favoring females over males. Salary amounts were calculated hypothetically based on these percentages, assuming males earn the industry average income.