Lawyers are another well-studied group of professionals. Noonan et al (2005) found that female lawyers tended to earn less than male lawyers, but worked fewer hours, and had fewer years in private practice. In the UK, Wass and McNabb (2006) suggested that the longer hours worked by male lawyers give them a chance to do more "non-chargeable work" -- a type of experience highly valued in promotion prospects. Wass and McNabb cite Crompton and Sanderson's Gendered Jobs and Social Change (1990) in pointing out that earnings inequality is higher in professional careers than in employment in general.
This is another paragraph I cut out of the post on self-employment pay rates (4/8/09). I found it especially interesting that the earnings inequality increases with education, rather than decreases, especially considering the fact that women are overtaking men in college graduation rates. Maybe it's just that there is a wider range of earnings within professional careers, but it struck me as counterintuitive.
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