Jobs with Equal Pay

It’s a fact: in most occupations, women are paid less than men for doing the same work — and we don’t think that’s right.

Below is a list of occupations where women have the best chances of earning an equal salary. To be clear, we don’t suggest that women should only work in jobs at the top of this list — everyone should pursue the careers that they are most passionate about.

Occupation Percent Pay Female Salary Male Salary Current jobs (2010) Required Education
Home health aide 98% $21,060 $21,528 921,680 High school diploma
Medical assistant 97% $26,000 $26,936 483,590 High school diploma
Receptionist 97% $27,508 $28,444 1,139,180 High school diploma
Cook 95% $19,812 $20,852 17,950 On the job training
Customer service representative 95% $30,472 $31,928 2,252,430 On the job training
Postal service clerk 94% $45,864 $48,516 75,780 High school diploma
Office clerk 94% $31,044 $32,864 3,024,380 High school diploma
Butcher 94% $24,856 $26,416 129,110 On the job training
Advertising sales agent 93% $43,576 $46,644 166,830 High school diploma
Baker 93% $21,112 $22,620 151,640 On the job training
Cashier 92% $19,032 $20,800 3,549,960 On the job training
Software developer 91% $75,140 $82,680 514,790 Bachelor’s degree
Elementary school teacher 91% $48,412 $53,248 1,549,250 Bachelor’s degree
Secretary 91% $34,164 $37,700 2,019,970 High school diploma
Editor 88% $44,460 $50,336 129,600 Bachelor’s degree
Registered nurse 87% $54,028 $62,452 2,618,720 Associate’s degree
Restaurant manager 85% $22,672 $26,624 338,750 Related work experience
Waiter / Waitress 85% $19,812 $23,400 2,381,650 On the job training

All statistical data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Career One Stop