Just as all the fingers were not created equal, all occupation groups obviously—and for a good reason—do not pay equally. Contrary to what you may have heard, hardwork does not always pave a road to riches, especially if it is in a career that does not pay very much to begin with. As you may see, or probably already know by now, some of the most hardworking people who work in the most dangerous of conditions do not, as a matter fact, earn the most money. Some occupation groups obviously require skills, skills that is usually acquired over many years of experience and qualifications; and some occupation groups require low level of entry. The hard truth is that, people who work in occupations with low level of entry, earn significantly lower compared to people that work in occupations that require specific skills or qualifications.
In any case, you can use the information on this page to compare the median weekly earnings by gender of different occupation groups in the United States. You can compare up to 4 occupation groups at a time. Just select any occupation group, select the gender you are interested in comparing and click on the Add Occupation Group button to get that occupation added to the visualization and table below. If at any point you want to exclude any of the selected occupations from the comparison, just click on the small 'x' button in the selected occupation. The information presented here is based on recent data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If you are however, just interested in seeing the difference in the median weekly earnings by gender for a given occupation group, you can see that information for many occupations groups at the following link.
- Occupation Group1 — Legal Occupations (Both Genders)
- Occupation Group2 — Management Occupations (Both Genders)
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