The ten highest paying jobs for women caught my attention recently. Reporting at Forbes.com, Jenna Goudreau says that Human Resources, a field in which two out of every three employees are women, pays the eighth best salaries. Women Human Resources Managers' median earnings were $59,124 per year which is just 67.9% of what their male counterparts make.
Based on a U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau 2008 analysis, women make about 80% of what men make across occupations. What other jobs made the best paid list for women? Pharmacist, computer engineer, computer science and system analyst, physician, management analyst, lawyer, chief executive, and more. Women need to stay out of female-dominated professions like administrative assistant and elementary teaching if a woman wants to make money.
What's obvious here, even when you take these kinds of issues into consideration, is that women are paid less than their male counterparts - shockingly so in Human Resources.
What Women Can Do to Make More Money
And, it's time to do something about it. Who but you is better prepared to understand the job market and know what others in the field are making? Take time to do your homework. Make your job measurable and make where you spend your time matter to your company's business success.
Come to meetings with recommendations and a plan. Speak up for yourself and prepare to negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. Ask. Prepare to ask for more money, and ask.
And, no, with that discrepancy, 4% isn't going to cut it. Are you riled yet? Here's the best advice for women I have on the site.
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How Women Can Make More Money
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