Men in the workplace make more money than women. It’s an unfortunate fact that’s probably not earth-shattering to read. According to the most recently available government data, women earned 82 cents for every dollar men made in 2016.
But there are career fields in which women are the top earners. If you’re a woman looking to land on the winning side of the pay gap, these are the careers you should choose.
According to a 2017 Glassdoor study, women with architecture degrees earn $7,000 more per year on average than men. From Denise Scott Brown to Zaha Hadid, women have made their mark in what is still a male-dominated field, erecting soaring towers, museums, college campuses, Olympic pools, and embassy buildings to much acclaim. All told, the gender pay gap in architecture is a rare 14 percent — in favor of women!
Unfortunately, these giant gains for women in the field don’t mean that female architects are immune to discrimination.
“It’s still largely a white, male-dominated field, and seeing a woman at the job site or in a big meeting with developers is not that common,” Yen Ha, a principal at an architecture firm in New York, recently told The New York Times. “Every single day, I have to remind someone that I am, in fact, an architect. And sometimes not just an architect, but the architect.”
Taylor Swift is the top-earning female artist, with an estimate by Forbes putting her 2016 income at $170 million. But it’s not just celebrity female musicians who are raking in the dough. Across the industry, women are out-earning men. The median base pay for a woman who is five years into a music career is $44,020 — that’s more than $4,000 higher than the median base pay for a man, according to Glassdoor.
A recent report by Berkeley College of Music stated that an orchestral musician can make up to $143,000 — or as little as…