Even Male Nurses Earn More Than Females: There Are 9 Occupations Where Women Outearn Men

March 25, 2015  |  

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The wage gap between genders affects even jobs that are traditionally female. The nursing profession is dominated by women — 9 out of 10 nurses are female — yet male nurses typically make more money.

According to a new study by JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), the typical salary gap has consistently been about $5,000 even after accounting for such things as experience, education, work hours, clinical specialty, and marital and parental status.

“Nursing is the largest female dominated profession so you would think that if any profession could have women achieve equal pay, it would be nursing,” said lead study author Ulrike Muench from the University of California, San Francisco.

“There was a gap for hospital nurses, $3,783, and an even bigger one, $7,678, for nurses in outpatient settings,” reports The Huffington Post.

Men made more than female nurses in every specialty except orthopedics. But the overall range was  from $3,792 in chronic care to $17,290 for nurse anesthetists.

While the study didn’t explain the gap, it could be due to the fact men may be more apt to work full-time as well as overtime, while female nurses may take more time off for family reasons.

Women were paid 78 percent of what men earn for full-time, year round jobs in 2013, according to the American Association of University Women. There are a few occupations where women outearn men. Nine of them to be exact. Out of 342 occupations.

The Washington Post lists them and, in general they are not the most glamorous of professions:

–Producers and directors (37.3 percent female) men earn $62,368 while women take home $66,226
–Cleaners of vehicles and equipment (13.5 percent female); men make $23,605, women $24,793
–Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products (49.2  percent); men get $41,619. women $42,990
–Transportation security screeners (35.9 percent); men, $40,732; women, $41,751
–Social and human service assistants (78.8 percent); men, $34,967; women, $35,766
–Special education teachers (84.6 percent); men, $46,932; women, $47,378
–Transportation, storage and distribution managers (18.2 percent); men, $52,017; women, $52,259
–Dishwashers (15.5 percent); men, $17,302; women, $17,332
–Counselors (69.6 percent); men, $42,299; women, $42,369

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