Looking For Work? Find Out Which Cities Pay Women the Most

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January 23, 2012 ‐ By Charlotte Young

While it’s still true that women earn less than men, currently between 70 and 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, there are places where the disparity is much more narrow. A report conducted by ForbesWoman shows which cities are the best paying cities for women.

San Jose, California makes it to the top of the list. Women here earn an average of $67,052 a year for full-time employment. The top jobs are in manufacturing, scientific and management services, education and healthcare.

California seems to do well in terms of compensating women; the number two city is San Francisco where women stand to make an average of $65,526.

“Metro areas like San Jose and San Francisco require highly skilled and trained labor, and recruit people with backgrounds in engineering and computer science, which are higher paying and have less discriminatory effect,” Susan McTiernan, a management professor at Quinnipiac University told Forbes.

According to McTiernan, the high cost of living in these two areas also helps raise the average professional salary. Number three on the list is Washington DC. While most women in San Jose and San Francisco find jobs in the private sector, 25 percent of the workers here find employment with the government and therefore, high-paying jobs with small gender wage gaps. Almost have of the women in this city have a bachelor’s degree or higher and the average salary for women is $64,779.

“Jobs here require the highest level of education, and many more women today are pursuing professional positions in law, medicine and academia,” McTiernan said.

Further down the list is number 10, Seattle, Washington, where large corporations such as Microsoft and Starbucks offer an average annual salary of $53,039. At number 12, Denver, Colorado’s growing financial services industry is helping women earn an average of $51,433 a year.

At the bottom of the list is McAllen, Texas, where women earn less than half of what women in San Jose make— $31,287 a year. Also lower on the list are cities where skilled labor is desired over a professional skillset such as El Paso, Texas, Youngstown, Ohio and Jackson, Mississippi.

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