The Shocking Salaries in These “Women’s Jobs” Prove How Deep the Wage Gap Really Is

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The wage gap is nothing new. 

In fact, for decades, unequal wages among women and men — prevalent in 98.4% of the most common United States jobs, according to an examination of Census data by the Wall Street Journal released last week — have made headlines in the mainstream press.

But a closer look at jobs that are the most stereotypically female yields surprising results.

Women make 79% of what men make in child care...

80% of what men make as maids and housekeepers...

82% of what men make as preschool and kindergarten teachers...

87% of what men make as secretaries and administrative assistants...

And 86% of what men make as nursing, psychiatric and home health aides.

It's easy to assume women would out-earn men in "feminine fields" like child care and housekeeping — but the data proves the wage gap is deeper and more pervasive than you may realize. 

And here's another dose of irony: The seven jobs (out of 446 U.S. jobs) in which women earn more than men all rely on either manual labor, science or mechanics:

• Crane and tower operators 

• Transportation, storage and distribution managers

• Wood sawing machine setter and operators

• Meter readers, utilities

• Highway maintenance workers

• Dietitians and nutritionists

• Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Check out the Wall Street Journal's interactive graphic for more detail.