No matter what they studied or which field they work in, men out earn women every time, according to this dismal new report from the U.S. Census Bureau which assesses the value of higher education in America. Attending college pays off for women, but it pays even more if you’re a man.
“Women earned less per month at every degree level,” write the researchers, with men’s overall median monthly earnings ringing in at $3,750, while women’s stood at $2,917. (See chart below.) Even with an advanced degree, women earned $5,000 monthly while men made $6,667.
The report found the pay gap was especially prevalent in fields like business and education. Men holding bachelor’s degrees in business earn $1,000 more than women, while the gap only worsens among advanced business degree holders. At this level, men earn $4,000 per month, whereas women draw $2,808—a $1,192 difference.
Interestingly, the pay gap wasn’t as persistent at the bachelor’s and associate’s degree levels for men and women in the natural sciences. However, women did lag behind men at the advanced degree level, proving that even in a downturn—the numbers were taken over four months in 2009—women face an uphill battle when proving their worth in the workplace.
Photo: U.S. Census Bureau