Pharmacist: Most equal job for men and women
February 11th, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Pharmacist: Most equal job for men and women

By Annalyn Kurtz @CNNMoney

(CNNMoney)– Doctors are still mostly men, and nurses are almost all women. But pharmacists are another story.

Pharmacists are a fast-growing profession offering a six-figure salary - and the pay is nearly equal for men and women.

"The position of pharmacist is probably the most egalitarian of all U.S. professions today," Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz wrote in a paper on the subject they published in September.

Women make up slightly more than 50% of all full-time pharmacists, according to Census data collected in 2011. Once you factor in part-timers, they make up around 55% of the profession.

Full-time female pharmacists earned a median salary of $111,000 in 2011, about 92 cents to the dollar of their male counterparts.

Yes, there's a small pay gap there, but it can be almost entirely explained by some men working longer hours - not discrimination.

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