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On average in the United States, do men and women earn equal pay for equal work?

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On average, full-time, year-round female workers earn about 20% less cash wages than males, but when these four factors relating to equal work and pay are taken in account, all or nearly all of this gap disappears: (1) Full-time male workers average 6% more workdays per year and 5% more workhours per workday than full-time female workers. (2) Males typically have more work experience and are more likely to pursue technically demanding and higher-paying careers, such as computer science and finance. (3) More than 28% of U.S. workers are in physically challenging occupations (like construction), and most men have considerably more muscular strength than most women. (4) Women are more apt to take jobs that offer higher fringe benefits in exchange for less cash wages.

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