Women Managers Rise in Three Industries, Drop in Three. How Does Your Industry Compare?

Last Updated Sep 28, 2010 3:31 PM EDT

Refresh your caffeine delivery system of choice: let's tuck into some GAO du jour, shall we?

On the menu today: WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT (the caps are all theirs!): Female Managers' Representation, Characteristics, and Pay.

Yummy! But facts are best served cold, and though delivered today, this Government Accountability Office report is based on figures from 2000 and 2007. That means that it does not reflect the exact proportion of women in management today, even though the 'mancession' has boosted the proportion of women in the workforce. Still, it illustrates trends for most of the past decade.

Got your fork? Here we go.

To Whet Your Appetite: Best Industries for Getting Ahead: Construction and Transportation & Utilities
Women are actually a higher proportion of managers than they are employees in these two male-dominated industries.

  • Construction: women are 10% of employees and 12% of managers
  • Transportation & utilities: women are 25% of employees and 27% of managers
Main Course: Industries Gaining Women Managers
  • Educational Services - up 4 percentage points to 57%
  • Health care - up 4 percentage points to 70%
  • Public Administration - up 4 percentage points to 45%
Industries in Which Women Managers are Declining
  • Financial Activities - down 3 percentage points to 50%
  • Professional and Business Services - down 2 percentage points to 38%
  • Retail - down 2 percentage points to 36%
Palate Cleanser: The pay gap persists
Even factoring in age; overtime; race; ethnicity; geographic location; education; industry sector; marital status; motherhood; and other variables, the pay of full time women managers is 81 cents for every dollar earned by a male full-time manager.

And for just desserts, something sweet. Sort of.
Full-time women managers who don't have children under the age of 18 at home closed the wage gap by two whole pennies. As of 2007, they made 83 cents for every $1 made by male peers. And working mom managers didn't gain, but they also didn't fall behind, holding at 79 cents.

Pass the wine!