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15 Surprising Jobs with the Smallest Gender Pay Gaps

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In an ideal world, any gender pay gap would be inexcusable. But if we’re all being honest, there are simply some jobs and industries that have a smaller gap between what men and women are paid, and many (ahem, tech!) have a long way to go. As Glassdoor’s latest research shows, the U.S. gender pay gap widest among older workers, pilots and in media and retail industries. Furthermore, restaurants and food services saw the biggest increase in the gender pay gap since our last study, going up 1.8 percent in 3 years.

However, the news is not all bad. Today, the unadjusted pay gap between men and women in the U.S. is 21.4 percent, meaning women earn, on average, $0.79 for every $1 men earn. This represents a 2.6 percentage point shrink in the unadjusted pay gap from three years ago, when women earned, on average, $0.76 for every $1 men earn.

So which occupations are working to close the gap? Which roles have shrinking gaps? One standout is the job of Logistics Manager. This multi-tasker used to have an adjusted pay gap of 11.5 percent in 2016, and now the gap has flipped: women are paid 3 percent more than men in the field. Glassdoor economists are reporting this trend in other roles as well, including Regulatory Affairs Manager, Inventory Specialist, Solutions Specialist and Research Assistant.

Now that you’re feeling hopeful, here are the 15 jobs with the smallest pay gaps, many of which feature women earning more than men. The great news is there are thousands of open jobs for these roles. Apply today!

Merchandiser
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -7.8%
Mean Base Pay: $40,846
Companies Hiring: Target, illy, Chuck Latham Associates, Tuft & Needle, Land’s End, Blue Nile, thredUP, The Home Depot, Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, Fabiano Brother & more.

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Research Assistant
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -5.9%
Mean Base Pay: $31,371
Companies Hiring: National University of Natural Medicine, Geisinger, Long Ridge Partners, Infusion Associates, Braizon Therapeutics, Quintessentially, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Business Capital Risk Control Services, Segal Trials, The McConnell Group & more.

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Field Services
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -5.8%
Mean Base Pay: $57,613
Companies Hiring: Long Island Copier Repair, Automation Technology, EZ Plumbing, Stored Energy Systems, OPTIMA Packaging Group, Men in Kilts, Via Satellite, Batching Systems, Tittel Enterprises, Quality Care DME Solutions & more.

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Inventory Specialist
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -5.6%
Mean Base Pay:$41,818
Companies Hiring: Tower Health, Western Milling, Insight Investments, ACI Jet, Quadratec, Eminence Organic Skin Care, XPO Logistics, Schaefer Enterprises, San Manuel Casino, San Antonio Water System & more.

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Social Worker
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -3.0%
Mean Base Pay: $44,416
Companies Hiring: Supermarket, Closing the Gap Healthcare Group, Kaleidoscope Family Solutions, Kern Medical, Aspiranet, LifePro Financial Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Mercy & more.

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Logistics Manager
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -3.0%
Mean Base Pay: $81,765
Companies Hiring: Sperry Tents, Goebel, Keller Williams, SunteckTTS, Ease Logistics, PUMA, CR England, Uber, Boingo, TeamOne Logistics & more.

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Purchasing Specialist
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -2.5%
Mean Base Pay: $57,172
Companies Hiring: Alliance Solutions, The PRC Group of Companies, C & L Aviation Group, BTC Electronic Components, Stored Energy Systems, Vulcan, DC Water, FabWell, C. Abbonizio Contractors, AccuQuilt & more.

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Solutions Specialist
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -1.5%
Mean Base Pay: $50,654
Companies Hiring: Hargray, True Choice Technology, Capital One, AWeber, Haynes Mechanical Systems, UW Credit Union, CyberCoders, GreatAmerica Financial Services, Transnetyx, IGS Energy, Microsoft & more.

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Military Officer
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -1.5%
Mean Base Pay: $83,355
Companies Hiring: Wrangler Protective Agency, IPSC, Wegmans Food Markets, Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC, Baker College, Alion, Veterans United Home Loans, Point Security (PA), North Memorial Health, Parkland College & more.

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Communications Associate
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -1.1%
Mean Base Pay: $64,171
Companies Hiring: Voiceitt, Drydene Performance Products, Shipt, Balzac, John Moran Auctioneers, SERRV International, Pabst, Capital One, Ciber, University of Texas at Austin & more.

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Environmental Specialist
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -0.8%
Mean Base Pay: $62,424
Companies Hiring: Phillips 66, SWCA, ONEOK, Delek US, Toyo Tire North America, Michael Baker International, Danaher, CF Industries, Givaudan, Mars & more.

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Therapist
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -0.6%
Mean Base Pay: $53,962
Companies Hiring: Body Pros Physical Therapy, A New Way Center, The Edge Treatment Center, Tree of Life Chiropractic, Valley Oaks Health, KGH Autism Services, Behavioral Health Services (MN), Your Story Counseling & Services, Reach High Consulting, Heal and Hope Counseling Services & more.

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Regulatory Affairs Manager
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: -0.2%
Mean Base Pay: $75,295
Companies Hiring: Group K Diagnostics, American Cleaning Institute, Tolmar, AlloSource, PTC Therapeutics, Sysmex America, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Acumed, Exeltis, Alvogen & more.

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Event Coordinator
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: 0.2%
Mean Base Pay: $45,947
Companies Hiring: Garza/Bomberger & Associates, Thomas Jefferson High School For Science and Technology Partnership Fund, Inc., Pixar Animation Studios, Jewish Residential Services, Paramount Pictures, Urban Air Trampoline Park, Elite Media Communications, Land and Sea Dept, No Weak Parties, K12 Insight & more.

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Procurement Specialist
Adjusted Base Pay Gap: 0.6%
Mean Base Pay: $70,202
Companies Hiring: Fabwell, SageGlass, Alliance Solutions, Horizon Pharma, Shasta Industries, Goebel, HomeServe USA, Zynga, Tufts Health Plan, Qfix & more.

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Source: Glassdoor Economic Research (Glassdoor.com/research).

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