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The June report on women’s earnings, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this month, doesn’t indicate any earth-shattering progress in the gender wage gap debate. Women are still earning less than men, although the exact pay gap depends on age. At worst, the 35-44 year-old woman makes 73.6 percent of what her male counterpart earns, while a 20-24 year-old woman makes 92.9 percent. This could, in part, be due to the fact that there are more women (69 percent) in lower-paying industries like health and education, versus lucrative engineering and computing roles (9 percent).

However, there are a few jobs where women make more than men.


Science technicians are like the blue-collared workers of the science industry: they set up lab instruments, operate and maintain them, and sometimes monitor and log results.

Average weekly earnings:

Women: $740

Men: $723


Typically based in schools and medical facilities, dietitians and nutritionists are experts in food health. 83% are women.

Average weekly earnings:

Women: $770

Men: $759


This group includes makeup artists, manicurists/pedicurists, shampooers and skin care specialists.

Average weekly earnings:

Women: $434

Both sexes: $422


No data was available for male teacher salaries, but the female average was a smidgen higher than the average of both sexes combined — but only at the kindergarten/pre-school level.

Average weekly earnings:

Both sexes: $612

Women: $614