Gender gap in high and low-paying majors

Madison Rexroat

A recent study by Glassdoor revealed that there is a significant difference in the earnings of college majors that are male-dominated and those that are female-dominated.

Andrew Chamberlain, an economist, reviewed nearly 47,000 resumes and found that 9 out of 10 of the highest paying college majors (like engineering and physics) are male-dominated while 6 out of 10 of the lowest paying majors (like social work and nursing) are female-dominated. 

Even within the same major, women are typically paid less, with health care administration boasting the largest gap at 22 percent. Architecture, on the other hand, has a rare reverse pay gap in which women earn 14 percent more than men.

The national pay gap is expected to close by 2058, but that’s not accounting for the larger gaps for mothers and women of color.

See the original video by NowThis Her here.