Glassdoor: Healthcare industry ties for widest gender pay gap — 3 things to know

A gender pay gap exists in most industries. However, the disparity in pay is worse in some fields than others.

According to a recent study from Glassdoor that examined more than 505,000 salaries shared by full-time U.S. employees on Glassdoor, on average, men earn 24.1 percent higher base pay than women. This means women earn 76 cents for every dollar men earn.

However, when comparing workers with similar ages, educational backgrounds and years of experience, the gap shrinks to 19.2 percent. Upon comparing workers with the same job title, employer and location, the gender pay gap falls to 5.4 percent, or 94.6 cents per dollar.

Here are 3 more findings from the report.

  • The gender pay gap varies widely by industry in the U.S. Healthcare tied with insurance for the widest pay gap, with men earning an average of 7.2 percent more than women. Men earned 6.8 percent more than women in the mining and metals industry, 6.7 percent more in the transportation and logistics industry and 6.6 percent more in the media and arts industry and the entertainment and recreation industry.
  • Several professions in the healthcare industry ranked among the top 15 occupations with the largest gender pay gap, including dentist (28.1 percent higher pay for men than women), psychologist (27.2 percent), pharmacist (21.8 percent), physician (18.2 percent) and medical technician (14.4 percent).
  • Male executives in the C-suite across all industries make an average of 27.7 percent more money than their female peers.

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