We know that on the whole, women make as much as 12% less than men even 10 years out of college.
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But it stands to reason that in fields traditionally dominated by women (nursing, teaching, social work—think any role that that would be played by a woman in a not particularly progressive children’s cartoon), the highest-paid workers would be women, those who populate the field. Right?
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Wrong. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, a number of jobs that employ mostly women pay men a higher wage. Here are some of the worst offenders:1. Social Worker
If you meet a social worker, she is more likely to be female than male—in fact, 79% more likely. Even though women dominate the profession, it does not mean they top the pay scale. Men make an average of $864 per week, while women in the same profession make an average of $774. That is almost 11% less.2. Nurse
If you get sick and go to the hospital, you are 90% more likely to have a female nurse than a male nurse. And the few men in the profession make an average of 5% more than a woman in the same job.3. Cashier
Most cashiers are women. In fact, 70% of cashiers are female. Men make an average of $422 per week while women only make an average of $361 per week working at a cash register.4. Teacher
When you think of the teachers you had growing up, chances are that most of them were women. In 2010, 73% of teachers were women. On average, those women made 78 cents for every dollar a man earned.5. Server
If you dine out, 65% of waitstaff around the country are female. But if you want your waitress to make the same as her male counterparts you better tip her a few bucks more, because she makes an average $363 per week compared to a waiter’s earnings of $419.6. Librarian
A whopping 78% of librarians are women. But for every dollar a male librarian makes, a female librarian makes only 80 cents.7. Customer Service Representative
Women fill the bulk of customer service positions—66% more. Female customer service reps make 5% less than their male counterparts.8. Receptionist
Most office managers believe that a lovely lady should greet you when you come into or call their office, as 92% of receptionists are female. But a female receptionist makes 4% less than a man in that same job.9. Maid/Housekeeper
A full 87% of maids and house cleaners are women. However, a female cleaner makes only $371 per week, while a male makes $444.10. Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker
If you walk into a laundromat you are 66% more likely to see a woman behind the counter. For the same job, she will make 73 cents for every dollar a man earns.