Women earn less than men even in popular female-dominated jobs, according to a new study, MarketWatch reported.
The Institute for Women's Policy Research crunched government data and found that in each of the 20 most common occupations for women in 2013, women's median weekly earnings for full-time work were less than weekly earnings for men. Within those top 20 jobs, that relationship holds true for occupations with the largest shares of women.
Take elementary- and middle-school teachers, for example. Women in these full-time jobs had median weekly earnings of $937 in 2013, compared with $1,025 for men. Those figures translate to women making 91.4 cents for each dollar earned by men - a gap of 8.6 cents. That gap widened to as much as 16.4 cents for social workers.
"To improve women's earnings and reduce the gender earnings gap, women and their families need enhanced efforts to ensure non-discriminatory hiring and pay practices, better training and career counseling, and improved work-family supports," IWPR concluded.
Looking more broadly at the labor market, median weekly earnings for full-time women workers were $706 last year, 82.1 percent of men's weekly earnings of $860, translating to a gap of 17.9 percent, according to the report. Female-dominated jobs tend to pay less than fields made up primarily by men, IWPR noted.