Women in Manufacturing are Underpaid

Of the 19 jobs with the largest gender pay gaps, seven come from industrial and manufacturing industries.

This week, Business Insider published the 19 jobs in the United States that have the largest gaps in gender pay.

The information was taken from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 American Community Survey, which focused on the median earnings for both male and female full-time, year-round workers older than 16.

Of the 19 jobs with the largest gender pay gaps, seven of them come from jobs in the industrial and manufacturing industries. In most scenarios, females only made up a fraction of the workforce, and in one job, women only make a quarter of what men make in the same role.

#1: Female machine tool setters, operators, and tenders on metal and plastic drilling and boring equipment make just 55 cents every time a man makes a dollar. Men make $46,574 per year, women make $25,953. Women also account for 16% of the workforce in this position.

#2: Female electrical and electronics repairers in the industrial and utility space make 44.5% less than men. Men take home an average of $62,348 per year, women earn $34,616. Women make up less than 4% of this workforce.

#3: Female operators and tenders of adhesive bonding machines make just $19,670. Men make $36,218, about 45.5% more than their female co-workers. The workforce is more evenly divided as women account for 42% of the workforce.

#4: Women setters, operators, and tenders of metal and plastic heat-treating equipment are rare and underpaid. Women make up a little over 5% of the workforce and at $24,395 per year, they make $21,488 less than male workers ($45,883).

#5: Of the nearly 38,000 (37,639) extraction workers in the oil and gas industry, only 1,293 are female, about 3.4%. Women earn less than half than men. Men make $55,503 per year. Women make $26,987 each year.

#6: Women who repair electric motors and power tools also make less than half than their male counterpart. Men make $46,449. Women make $21,283. Women also make up a small fraction of the workforce. Only 881 women amongst the 18,438 men in the same role.

#7: Finally, last and least are female setters, operators, and tenders on metal and plastic milling and planing machines. Men make $43,523 per year. Women in the same role, make a staggering $11,674, almost a quarter (26.8%) of the male counterparts. Women only make up 16% of the number of workers (1,798 total), but they are most certainly underpaid.

According to Business Insider, women in America make 80.5 cents for every dollar a man in the U.S. puts in his pocket. In some industrial and manufacturing segments, that figure is closer to 50 cents for every dollar, and as little as 27 cents for some women. A far cry from equal pay.

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