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On average, do women in the United States receive about the same compensation as men for doing the same work?

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Full-time, year-round female workers earn about 20% less cash wages than males, but this is not for the same work and does not account for all compensation. Full-time male workers average 6% more workdays per year and 5% more workhours per workday than full-time female workers. Males also have more work experience and are more likely to pursue technically demanding and higher-paying careers, such as computer science and finance. More than 28% of U.S. workers are in physically challenging occupations (like construction), and most men have significantly greater muscular strength than most women. Furthermore, women are more apt to select jobs that offer higher fringe benefits in exchange for less cash wages. When these factors that pertain to "equal work" are taken in account, all or nearly all of the raw gender wage gap disappears.

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