Careers That Pay Women More

by Alexandra Pauline – March 19, 2012

Breaking the Glass Ceiling One Job at a Time

This March marks the 25th anniversary of Women’s History Month, and we thought we’d celebrate by showcasing some of the professions where women are kicking some serious salary butt over their male counterparts.  According to American University Professor Caren Goldberg, “Women in traditionally male-dominated jobs are rewarded for bucking the stereotype, while women in traditionally female jobs are rewarded for ‘fitting in.”

Alas, many women must still fight for equal pay throughout their careers.  In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2010 that women only earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men …so, what are the jobs where the ladies are on top, so to speak?  Check these careers out:

The Magic of Television

It’s no secret that the entertainment industry is dominated by high-powered men, but according to,  female television directors and producers often earn up to 9% more than their male counterparts throughout their career!  While those of us who work in the entertainment biz find this a bit shocking, it’s nice to know that the small screen is giving props to their top female creatives. -  Go Shonda Rhimes!

Kiss and Makeup

If there’s one thing women know A LOT more about than most men, it’s hair and makeup.  And while some of the most famous makeup artists and hair stylists are men, it’s the women that are still cleaning house in this department!

Get With IT

Yes, the world of network engineering and computer programming may be a boy’s club… But we are CALLING ALL LADIES with a mathematical mind, because joining this boy’s club can pay off big!  Female engineers working in information systems are reported to earn up to 6% more than the male coders and IT geeks.  While working on this side of IT is not everyone’s cup of tea, starting salaries average around $64,200!

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