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Pay Equity Test Preparation Sheet

Using the formulas in the spaces beneath each question below, you should be able to calculate the answers in columns #1, #2 and #3 in the table. When you are able to do so easily, you will be ready for the test on this unit. Remember to bring a calculator with you if at all possible. If you are unable to do so, practice doing the problems by hand. There will be questions other than those below on the test, but if you understand the formulas on this sheet, you should have no difficulty answering them.

 

Overall Average Earnings

Average Male Earnings

Average Female Earnings

Total Employed

Women Employed

#1

#2

#3

Bill collector

$23,452

$25,428

$22,308

157,000

101,000

$87.73

64%

56,000

Butcher

20,800

22,256

16,744

237,000

64,000

75.23

27%

173,000

Cashier

14,560

15,392

14,300

1,289,000

989,000

93.91

77%

300,000

Mail carrier

36,244

37,128

33,592

301,000

82,000

90.48

27%

219,000

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.

  1. For every $100 a man earned in your assigned occupation, how much did a woman earn? Round your answer to the nearest penny.

Average Female Earnings / Average Male Earnings x 100 =

  1. What is the percentage of women employed in your assigned occupation? Round your answer to the nearest whole percent.

Women Employed / Total Employed x 100 =

  1. How many men are employed in your assigned occupation?

Total Employed – Women Employed =


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