The Wall Street Journal has created a data visualization called “What’s Your Pay Gap?” illustrating the disparity between median wages for men and women for 442 major occupations in the United States. The visualization uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau for full-time workers aged 16 and older for the period of 2010 to 2014. Users can examine the difference in pay for men and women across the whole work force as well as compare the pay gap for specific occupations. Of the 446 major occupations listed by the Census Bureau (the visualization omits 24 broad groupings, such as “managers, all others”), women make more than men for just seven occupations, which include postal service mail carriers, dieticians and nutritionists, and crane tower operators.
Visualizing the Gender Pay Gap in the United States
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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