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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.


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