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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.  In the spaces in the right-hand column, write out the difference between the male and female averages.  To calculate each, subtract the female average from the male's.

Overall

Average

Average

Difference

Average

Male

Female

Male-Female

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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