Census figures show income gap still exists

December 5, 2012 4:08:20 PM PST
Women are making inroads in the legal and medical fields.

According to new census figures, in 2010 women held about a third of all legal jobs. That's up from 29 percent in the year 2000.

And in the medical field, women had about 32 percent of those jobs in 2010. That's compared to just under 27 percent in 2000.

But the numbers show an income gap still exists.

In 2007 the median income for a female lawyer was $90,000. Compare that to $122,000 for men.

The median income for a female doctor was around $112,000. That figure is $186,000 for male lawyers.

Researchers say the income gap is largely due to women taking time off to raise children, or opting for less demanding positions.

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