Pay Equity Assignment

The statistics 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.

The table contains information on the jobs with which we've been working in class. Your assignment is to take the job I've given you, find the earnings information requested for it in the table, then use that information to calculate the percentage of men’s earnings in that occupation made by women. Complete each step below, then turn in this sheet (with your completed work in the appropriate spaces). Please work as neatly and legibly as you can.

1. Write out the name of your assigned job.

2. On average, how much did men holding this job earn in 1999?

3. On average how much did women holding this job earn in 1999?

4. Divide the women’s average by the men’s, then multiply the result by 100. Round off to the nearest 1/100 (the second decimal place). This is how much women were paid for every one hundred dollars earned by men in this job in 1999. Show your work below and circle your final answer. If you use a calculator, write out the symbol on each button you pushed, in the order in which you pushed them. For example, if you were assigned All Occupations, you would write out: 24596 / 32136 x 100 = 76.5372168.  Rounded off to the 2nd decimal place, the answer is 76.54 ( which you would circle).  If you do not use a calculator, show your complete long division and multiplication calculations. Do not forget to circle your final answer.  Your answer is the median amount (on average) women were paid for every one hundred dollars earned by men in your occupation in 1999.

If you add a percent sign (%) to your answer, you'll have the % earnings that goes into the right-hand column in the table.

 Overall Average Average % Earnings Average Male Female Female/Male All Occupations \$28,548 \$32,136 \$24,596 Accountant 37,596 46,332 33,852 Bartender 17,368 17,368 17,368 Bookkeeper 23,036 24,856 22,880 Bus Driver 22,256 25,896 19,968 Computer Programmer 46,696 48,620 40,976 Doctor 65,832 70,928 44,304 Engineer 54,132 55,016 48,516 Farm Laborer 15,808 16,172 13,468 Firefighter 38,688 38,740 N/A Lawyer 60,736 69,680 50,648 Librarian 36,400 N/A 35,568 Plumber 30,940 30,992 N/A Police/Detective 39,052 39,832 33,800 Real Estate Sales 34,164 39,884 30,420 Registered Nurse 39,000 41,132 38,844 School Administrator 47,476 55,952 42,588 Secretary 23,036 N/A 23,036 Teacher 35,776 39,936 34,268 Waiter 15,704 16,900 15,288

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

Each number 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.