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7 Careers Where Women Make More Money Than Men

Updated on September 7, 2016


Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the equal, if not main, breadwinner in four out of ten families. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. On average women are paid less than men for doing the same work. Men make more money than women in most professions as women earn just 81.2% as much as men according to US Census Bureau. Considerably more in some occupations than others. But that isn't to say men out-earn women in every occupation. There are jobs where women are the top earners.

Women are constantly moving up the payroll. The gender wage gap is narrowing continuously with time. While it's smart for women to consider which fields pay well in general when choosing a career, they shouldn't rush to switch based on a perceived gender disparity in earnings. According to recently released government data, women make more money than men in these following jobs.

Travel Guides

Travel Guides are an important aspect of the tourism and travel industry. These guides add to the tourism industry by facilitating tourists and travelers by providing interesting information of beautiful locations as well as other attractions. Tourist guides show around places of interest, such as towns and cities, historic buildings, gardens, religious sites or museums and art galleries to visitors. They work on their own or with companies.

Women earn 114.8 percent of what their male peers make in this career field. As a tour guide employed males are more in number than females but females earn more than male counterparts.

Retail Buyer

A retail buyer does the planning and selecting a range of products to sell in retail outlets. By understanding customer needs, they are able to maximize profits and provide a commercially viable range of merchandise at competitive prices. They analyze sales records, prices, trends and other data to determine what products to buy.

Female retail buyers earn 108 percent more than what men with the same title earn, with an average salary of $63,848. Women make up about half of all employees in this field.

Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers

Transportation, storage and distribution managers are in charge of allocating and shipping merchandise in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. This job requires workers to plan and direct transportation, storage or distribution activities in various fields. But when it comes to earnings women are showing their lead to males in equal positions.

Women earn 107.1 percent of what their male peers make. Women are a minority in this field, where men hold about four out of every five jobs. On an annual basis, that means women are earning $52,259, compared with $52,017 for men.

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Clinical dietitians and nutritionists provide medical nutrition advice. They work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, private practice, and other institutions. They create nutritional programs based on the health needs of patients and counsel on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

They explain nutrition issues to clients, assess the dietary and health needs of clients, develop meal plans for clients, gauge the effects of these meal plans, promote nutrition and keep abreast of the latest research in nutritional and food sciences.

Women make 105.7 percent of what males earn in this field.

Residential Advisors

Resident advisors support new or returning residents in facilities, such as college dormitories or group homes. Advisors posses variety of skills and personal attributes, such as great communication, leadership and responsibility.

Women earn 100.8 percent of their male counterparts. Female real estate agents report an average salary of $42,156 which is $2,741 more than men. Perhaps, many of the jobs where women out-earn are those that entail a lot of interaction with other people, which women tend to be good at.

Life, Physical, Social Science and Health Technicians

Technicians who assist medical professionals earn a median weekly wage of $615, according to the BLS. Women earn $621 whereas men earn $599. Women also earn more median wage in a variety of other low- and mid-level health care jobs, too. Like physician assistants, medical and dental assistants or hygienists.

These female technicians earn 102.4% as much as male peers. With a median weekly income of $740, women take home $17 more per week than men.


Often, counselors will be one of the first resources available to people in need of emotional and psychological support. Counselors offer guidance to people dealing with issues that affect their mental health and well-being.

In this field of work women earn 100.5 percent of what their male peers make. Women earn a median weekly wage of $855 as counselors for mental health, substance abuse and other social and health issues. That's 2.6 percent more than men in the same job, who earn a median $833.

The field continues to be dominated by women, who make up about 70 percent of counselors.


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