Women college grads still earn less than men

Women are paid “significantly less than men”  in nearly every occupation, a new report from the American Association of University Women states.

And progress in closing the gap between pay for women and pay for men has slowed in recent years.

The study looks at the pay gap between male and female college graduates working full time one year after graduation.

“You might expect the pay gap between men and women in this group of workers of similar age, education, and family responsibilities to be small or non-existent,” the authors write.

“But in 2009—the most recent year for which data are available—women one year out of college who were working full time earned, on average, just 82 percent of what their male peers earned.”

When they worked in the same occupation, men still made 7 percent more than comparable women.

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Mark in mid-town

October 24th, 2012
11:24 am

Does this data account for hours worked per week? For whatever reason, full-time male workers work a few more hrs per week on average than full-time female workers. As such, data that compares one group of *full-time* workers to another is virtually meaningless unless such data accounts for the differences in average hours worked between the respective groups. Do full-time female workers one year out of college work the same average number of hours as full-time male workers? If not, what is the difference, and does that difference account for the earnings differences?

zeke

October 24th, 2012
11:47 am

10-4 Mark!

And there are other variables that the morons who continue to put forth these figures continue to ignore! Note the first statement of an 18% difference! Well yes if more men have technical or scientific degrees than women do, the difference will be greater! If men work more hours than women, yes, the difference of those with the same degree working in the same job, will be different! Do the women miss more time from work than men? And on and on, but, that does not meet the left wing socialist agenda!

Caitlin

October 25th, 2012
7:11 am

Mark and Zeke,
Why so defensive? Don’t you think the researchers thought of hours worked and occupation? Read the report (it’s the first item on the AAUP site). Even taking these issues into consideration, the gap exists. At what point will we get beyond these defensive stances and actually deal with the real issue: discrimination? (or wait, do you need a woman to explain the report more clearly for you?)