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Santa Fe Among Top Cities With Smallest Gender Pay Gap

Don't get too excited—we still pay women less than men here

April 2, 2013, 4:00 pm
By Joey Peters

 Santa Fe is among the ten most equal cities in the country when it comes to the gender pay gap, according to a study released by personal finance website Nerd Wallet.

Women with full-time jobs in Santa Fe make 91 percent of what their male counterparts make, easily beating the national average of 77 percent. That's good enough to give Santa Fe the eighth-lowest gender pay gap in the US, Nerd Wallet found.

Still, that doesn't change the fact that women are getting paid less than men here. 

"It's great that Santa Fe has 91.2 percent, but there's still a long way to go," Divya Raghavan, Nerd Wallet's lead analyst for the study, tells SFR.

Nerd Wallet's study, which looked at Census data for the 943 biggest cities in the US, found that smaller cities often had more equal pay (Wauchula, Fl., came in at the top; they actually pay women more than men).

So what are some of the reasons for this gender pay discrepancy still going on well into the 21st Century? 

"One is basic sexism and racism," Raghavan says. "Other contributions are choice of industry."

That's partly because the more prestigious the position, the greater chance it pays less to women than men. "The gap widens at the high earned levels of education," Raghavan says.

And bigger cities are more likely to have highly-educated positions. Another Nerd Wallet study looking into the gender pay gap by profession found that female CEOs, real estate brokers and financial managers are among the most unequal paid, making just 66 percent of their male counterparts. Top equal pay positions, on the other hand, include police officers, receptionists and respiratory therapists.

Raghavan says the reason for Nerd Wallet studies is to "take a closer look at how women can minimize the gender pay gap." One way is to make sure people are aware of the discrepancies and encourage women caught in the gap to "take steps to negotiate for a higher salary."

Another is by simply getting the basic information out there.

"Plenty of people believe it doesn't exist," Raghavan of the gender pay gap in the US, "but the numbers don't lie."

 

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