Visualizing Inequality: U.S. Gender Pay Gap by Industry

Cristen Conger

Pardon me if it seems like I'm beating a dead horse, but the gender pay gap is still very much alive and kicking in the U.S. of A. This old news flash comes courtesy of 2009 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics arranged in a handy, colorful (and depressing if you're an employed female) chart (via NY Times).

In 2009, women's median weekly earnings were $657, or 80 percent of men's median weekly earnings. Breaking down the gender pay gap by industry, as this chart does, also highlights how female-dominated industries such as health services and education still suffer from the same compensation disparities as other sectors. For a detailed breakdown of the data within the chart, go here.

In fact, according to the chart, the industry closest to paying men and women equally is stereotypically men's work: construction. Too bad I'm not better with a hammer.

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