Women make up about half the workers in Missouri, and at every level of educational attainment they earn less than men. That’s one of the key findings of a recent report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center on women in the state’s workforce.
Over 1.4 million women were in Missouri’s workforce in 2017, according to the report, accounting for about 48% of the state’s workers. The earnings disparity between men and women is most pronounced among the Missourians with the least education: men with less than a high school degree earned about 63% more than women with the same level of education, according to MERIC.
At the other end of the educational spectrum, men with graduate or professional degrees earned about $20,400 more per year than women with the same credentials, a difference of about 40%.
The report also shed light on “high male-represented occupations,” which it defined as sectors with female employment totaling less than 25%, and “high female-represented occupations,” where males make up less than 25% of the labor force.
Multiple occupations that account for at least 40,000 jobs in the state are made up of more than 90% men. Among those are driver/sales workers and truck drivers; metal workers and plastic workers; and other installation, maintenance and repair occupations.