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Pay Equity Assignment - Answers

The averages in the table below were computed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  They represent the average earnings for full-time workers in the listed occupations during 1999.  In the spaces in the right-hand column, write out the percentage of male earnings made by females in each occupation.  To calculate those percentages, divide each women’s average by the men’s, then multiply the result by 100. Round off to the nearest 1/100 (the second decimal place) and add a percent sign (%). Without the percent sign (%), you have the amount (on average) women were paid for every one hundred dollars earned by men in that occupation in 1999.

Overall

Average

Average

Difference

% Earnings

Average

Male

Female

Male-Female

Female/Male

All Occupations

$28,548

$32,136

$24,596

$7,540

76.54%

Accountant

37,596

46,332

33,852

12,480

 73.06%

Bartender

17,368

17,368

17,368

0

 100.00%

Bookkeeper

23,036

24,856

22,880

1,976

 92.05%

Bus Driver

22,256

25,896

19,968

5,928

 77.11%

Computer Programmer

46,696

48,620

40,976

7,644

 84.28%

Doctor

65,832

70,928

44,304

26,624

 62.46%

Engineer

54,132

55,016

48,516

6,500

 88.19%

Farm Laborer

15,808

16,172

13,468

2,704

 83.28%

Firefighter

38,688

38,740

N/A

N/A

 N/A

Lawyer

60,736

69,680

50,648

19,032

 72.69%

Librarian

36,400

N/A

35,568

N/A

 N/A

Plumber

30,940

30,992

N/A

N/A

 N/A

Police/Detective

39,052

39,832

33,800

6,032

 84.86%

Real Estate Sales

34,164

39,884

30,420

9,464

 76.27%

Registered Nurse

39,000

41,132

38,844

2,288

 94.44%

School Administrator

47,476

55,952

42,588

13,364

 76.12%

Secretary

23,036

N/A

23,036

N/A

 N/A

Teacher

35,776

39,936

34,268

5,668

 85.81%

Waiter

15,704

16,900

15,288

1,612

 90.46%

Source: Median Weekly Earnings of full-time wage and salary workers in 1999
            U.S. Department of Labor EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS January 2000

            Each average in the above table is the median weekly earnings multiplied by 52.

            N/A means that no data is available as fewer than 50,000 people fell into this category.


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