Gender and wages

Ladies and gentlemen, how do your salaries stack up when compared side to side (and is it even possible to stack something side to side)? In addition to the MPI 2005 Salary Survey, here's a nifty little tool called the Getting Even Wage Calculator. And yes, they do have a meetings/convention planner title, unlike so many of the other salary calculators out there.

My results were interesting. When I put my job title as editor, "After adjusting for age, education, and industry, you currently make 70% of what your corresponding White Non-Hispanic Male coworker makes," the site told me, adding that my lifetime cost of being female chalks up to $761,734.72. Ouch. But if I put my title as miscellaneous reporter/correspondent/news analyst, I'm actually making more than my male colleagues, and I'll earn $17k and change more than my male colleagues over the next 20 years. Interestingly, while both occupations are female-dominated, the second category was much more female than the first. I'm not sure what to make of it all, but it's interesting, isn't it?

There are lots more features on the site to explore, which I will when I get more time (we're on deadline this week), so if you have more time than I do right now, check it out and tell me what you think, either in the comments below or via e-mail.

Back to work...

(Thanks to Jennifer for the link. If you're interested in women's issues, her blog is a terrific resource, including its Six-Figure Success Secrets section.)

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