You’d like to think that if you work hard, pay your dues and know the right people, the sky is the limit as far as earning goes. But in some cities, women are met with a hard ceiling, experiencing significant pay gaps with male counterparts in the same lines of work. Check out these cities where women in certain industries with dreams of high earning may want to think twice before putting down roots.
Average income for men: $61,412
Average income for women: $44,897
The tech capital of the West Coast, Seattle is home to companies like Microsoft and Amazon.com. Within those industries, women can make up to 86 percent of what men make, but in most other lines of work men make on average more than $24,000 a year than women.
Average income for men: $45,312
Average income for women: $33,048
The surprising thing about the gender pay gap in Oklahoma is that it is larger in the metropolitan areas, with most women making 56 percent of what men make. In sales jobs alone, the gender pay gap is $5,000 more than the average gender pay gap for the country.
Average income for men: $72,202
Average income for women: $52,063
A hub for financial services, Stamford has thousands of individuals working for banks. Western Connecticut has an (un)impressive gender pay gap, with women making on average only 54.8 percent of what men make.
Average income for men: $47,031
Average income for women: $33,831
Holding the title of the Air Capital of the World, Wichita thrives mainly on its aircraft manufacturers. Unfortunately, the women working in intensive production jobs make nearly $20,000 less per year on average than men — even though the jobs themselves are no less taxing on females.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Average income for men: $50,908
Average income for women: $35,907
Many Colorado Springs residents are employed in the healthcare industry. The biggest employers are the private companies including Memorial Health System and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Although these companies’ personnel are almost 70 percent women, men working there earn 35 percent more per year.
Palm Bay, Florida
Average income for men: $45,582
Average income for women: $31,820
Women working in the metropolitan area of Palm Bay made barely 70 percent of what men made in 2011. Florida as a whole has the sixth largest gender pay gap nationally. But, Palm Bay has one redeeming quality: the computer and mathematical industries pay women on average $3,900 more than they pay men.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Average income for men: $51,037
Average income for women: $35,362
The average earnings of a full time female worker in Baton Rouge are nearly $16,000 less than those of a man. Most full-time jobs are manual, either in production, construction or extraction. Yet women are paid significantly less for these taxing and often dangerous positions.
Average income for men: $47,318
Average income for women: $32,446
Lancaster is home to major manufacturers like Armstrong World Industries and R.R. Donelly & Sons. These companies employ many of the region’s women, but pay them on average only 64.3 percent of what they pay their male employees. And, it gets worse: in the transportation field, women are paid only 43 percent of what men make.
Average income for men: $52,184
Average income for women: $34,018
Ogden-Clearfield has one of the largest gender pay gaps across all industries, with women in legal work earning only 26.3 percent that of what men make — the biggest gender pay gap for that line of work in all major cities. The city also has the largest gap for personal care and service occupations, in which women only earn 40.3 percent of what men make.
Average income for men: $51,692
Average income for women: $31,846
Utah as a whole may not be for women with high financial ambitions. Women working in personal care or service occupations earn a conservative $18,590 on average — just 44.3 percent of what men make in the same lines of work.