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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Women Move Closer To Salary Parity With Men

NEW YORK -- Salaries of American women are starting to catch up and even surpass those of men in some fields, but women still earn 5 cents to 15 cents less on the dollar than American men working in similar jobs, Working Woman magazine reported.


In a survey released Tuesday, the magazine found the pay gap for women narrowed significantly in 1995 in some jobs, such as computer analysts, but it widened in others. For instance, women bank tellers, brokers and other financial service representatives made 55 percent what their male counterparts earned, down from 66 percent in 1994.


The survey, using figures provided by professional associations, compensation consultants, trade publications and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, looked at 28 fields for which salaries were available by gender. It found that women typically earn 85 cents to 95 cents per man's dollar.


"One of the big problems facing women is not that they get paid less when they have the same job with the same experience," the article's author, Diane Harris, said in a telephone interview. "The problem is that women are clustered in traditionally female lower-paying jobs."


The survey found that pay inequities varied by industry and position. Women health managers at hospitals earned about $30,212 to men's $44,200, or 68 percent. That was a decrease from 1994, when women in those positions earned 79 percent of men's wages.


The news for women was brighter in other fields, with some women professionals earning more than their male co-workers.


For instance, a woman chief financial officer at a university or college earned $104,506, compared with her male counterpart's $95,004, about 110 percent as much.


But a woman chief executive officer at a university typically earned $138,800, to a man's $155,500, or 89 percent.