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Cities and jobs with the lowest gender pay gap

The workforce in these cities have the lowest pay differences between men and women.

Cities and jobs with the lowest gender pay gap

Earn Fair Wages In These Cities and Jobs

The pay gap is real—a woman makes $.80 for every dollar a man makes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau—and unfortunately, it’s not going away anytime soon. Based on estimates by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, it will probably be about 42 years before the gap closes—long past the time most of us will be looking for a job. But the good news is that you don’t have to sit here and wait to achieve pay equality.

For starters, there are some tactics women can apply, such as negotiating salary (only 35% of women between the ages of 25 and 34 negotiate salary, according to data from lending company Earnest), to help close the pay gap. However, a lot of your salary is still determined by industry and location—and recent findings from financial technology company SmartAsset looked at pay differences for both, ranking the best jobs and cities for working women.

For the former, SmartAsset found that certain occupations boast lower gender gaps in wages than others. The largest gaps can be found in finance and insurance, while jobs in transportation, storage, and distribution experience the smallest salary differences.

As for location, you’ll find a few cities from SmartAsset’s list based on the East coast, but the majority can be found in the Midwest. Minnesota is well represented with Rochester topping the list and Minneapolis ranking No. 6. Columbia, Missouri and Topeka, Kansas are surprise entries filling out the top 10.

Check out the lists below to see where you’ll have the best chances of receiving equal pay.

Jobs with the lowest pay gap:

  1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 99.8%
  2. Stock clerks and order fillers
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 98.7%
  3. Counselors
    *Men’s earnings as a percentage of women’s earnings: 98.3%
  4. Physical therapists
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 96.9%
  5. Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 96.8%
  6. Receptionists and information clerks
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 96.8%
  7. Advertising sales agents
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 96.6%
  8. Data entry keyers
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 96.1%
  9. Computer and information systems managers
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 95.7%
  10.  Food preparation workers
    Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings: 95.6%

Cities with the lowest pay gap:

  1. Rochester, Minnesota
  2. Columbia, Missouri
  3. Topeka, Kansas
  4. Claremont, New Hampshire
  5. Burlington, Vermont
  6. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  7. Durham, North Carolina
  8. Charlottesville, Virginia
  9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  10. Washington, D.C.

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*Women out-earn men

 


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