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Why Is Her Paycheck Smaller? (NY Times)

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

[Editor's note: This interactive from the New York Times details the wage gab between male and female workers in different economic sectors. It starts out with an overview by occupation for 2008 and shows that while the gap has closed over time, it still exists. Users can see the specific gap by job by mousing over the data points. Occupation categories can be narrowed and include some limited narrative story telling annotating and explaining wage gaps for select professions. It would be nice to see this graphic in two views: absolute gap and normalized by experience (just as some maps are normalized by per capita), one of the identified factors the gap is now attributed to.]

Republished from The New York Times.
March 1, 2009. By Hannah Fairfield and Graham Roberts.

View the interactive version at NYTimes.
Screenshots below.

Nearly every occupation has the gap — the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between the size of the paycheck brought home by a woman and the larger one earned by a man doing the same job. Economists cite a few reasons: discrimination as well as personal choices within occupations are two major factors, and part of the gap can be attributed to men having more years of experience and logging more hours.

(below) Initial screen showing all categories.  Note mouseOver showing details for data point.

(below) Showing just Entertainment, education, and law jobs. Note callout for professors.

(below) Showing management, business and financial jobs. Note callout for chief executives.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Census Bureau