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The engineering careers where women earn more than men

Women are paid more than men in only two STEM fields
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The gap between men’s and women’s salaries is well documented. But it’s also not universal, and in a handful of professions, women out-earn men.

Bloomberg analyzed the 20 highest paying professions in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—as defined by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, which doesn’t include medical professions. Their analysis found that women make slightly more than men as architectural and engineering managers, and also as chemical engineers. Female architectural and engineering managers enjoy the largest gap in salary, earning more than $1.04 for every dollar their male peers make.

1
Architectural and engineering managers
8.5
104.7
2
Chemical engineers
15.1
100.1
3
Mechanical engineers
8.5
96.9
4
Computer network architects
8.6
96.5
5
Environmental engineers
25
92.3
6
Statisticians
49
91.9
7
Industrial engineers, including health and safety
19.2
91.8
8
Computer programmers
21.1
90.3
9
Aerospace engineers
11.6
89
10
Computer and information systems managers
27.1
88.4
11
Civil engineers
12.1
88.1
12
Computer hardware engineers
14.1
87.1
13
Software developers, applications and systems software
19.1
86.3
14
Electrical and electronics engineers
8.6
85.5
15
Computer systems analysts
37.7
85.4
16
Engineers, all other
13.2
85.2
17
Information security analysts
19.6
83.5
18
Environmental scientists and geoscientists
29
82.2
19
Actuaries
33
82.1
20
Operations research analysts
48.7
81.1

Historically, STEM fields are notorious for being male-dominated, and it’s perhaps no coincidence that the fields where women are highly paid also have some of the lowest percentages of female employment. Only 8% of architectural and engineering managers, the specialists who coordinate and plan projects, are women, while 15% of chemical engineers are women.

The pay gap is more pronounced in fields where women are better represented, such as statisticians and research analysts. These jobs are likely to have been open longer to women, which may reflect the pervasive nature of pay discrimination. Since the gender gap grows as women progress in their careers, professions with more senior women are likely to see a wider pay gap.

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