Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Health care not immune from gender wage gap, but the size depends on your job

American women workers make 82.5 cents for every dollar men do, according to 2014 data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. However that ratio varies considerably by industry from 91.3 in construction to 56.7 cents in legal positions. In health care support positions, women so better than average American women but still 87.9% of men’s wages. But worse, for women health care practitioners and technical positions make only 78.3% of men’s wages, the 9th worst gender wage gap among all 22 industries. Health care support positions include aides, medical and dental assistants. Health care practitioners include doctors, nurses, lab techs and medical records technicians.