Pay Equity Assignment
The statistics in the table below were computed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They represent the average earnings for fulltime 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 righthand 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 fulltime 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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