Women's Pay Slips Back … But Not for All Jobs


By Cheryl Lock

NEW YORK (Learnvest) — We thought last year felt a little 2005-ish, didn’t you?

No? OK, maybe not, but according to the latest numbers, one thing last year was very similar to 2005, and it doesn’t make us happy. According to the numbers released in February, the gender gap actually widened by more than a percentage point last year, taking us back to levels from 2005 with women earning 81 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Additionally, the hourly pay for female college grads dropped 8.5% between 2000 and 2011, compared with 1.6% for men.

Despite that news, the good news is that Forbes came out with a list of top-paying jobs for women in 2012, and the position in the top spot offers equal pay for men and women.

To come up with their findings, Forbes analyzed the median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers last year, detailed by occupation and gender and tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Perhaps not surprisingly, top jobs included positions in health care, business and computer science.

The top 10 jobs, their median yearly earnings and the percentage of women who make up the profession are listed below:

  • Pharmacist: $97,500; 52%
  • Chief executive: $90,000; 26%
  • Lawyer: $85,000; 33%
  • Nurse practitioner: $79,500; 84%
  • Computer and information systems manager: $79,500; 26%
  • Physician and surgeon: $74,000; 35%
  • Physician assistant: $71,000; 69%
  • Software developer, applications and systems software: $71,000; 20%
  • Management analyst: $69,000; 42%
  • Computer systems analyst: $65,000; 33%

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