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Men Out-Earn Women Even in Female-Dominated Occupations

The latest example: nursing.
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(Photo: everything possible/Shutterstock)

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According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, fully employed women earn $0.81 for every dollar men make. Some of this discrepancy is due to women working in male-dominated occupations, but when men work alongside women in female-dominated occupations, they still earn more.

Nursing is this week’s example. According to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, male nurses out-earn female nurses in every work setting, every clinical setting, and every job position except one.


On average, male nurses make $5,100 more per year than female nurses. In the specialty with the biggest discrepancy, nurse anesthetists, they out-earned women by $17,290. More at NPR and the New York Times.

This post originally appeared on Sociological Images, a Pacific Standard partner site, as “Chart of the Week: Male Nurses Out-Earn Female Ones Every Which Way."