Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top The fact that the average American working woman earns only about 8o% of what the average American working man earns has been something of a festering sore for at least half the population for several decades. And despite many programs and analyses and hand-wringing and badges and even some legislation, the figure hasn't budged much in the past five years. But now there's evidence that the ship may finally be turning around: according to a new analysis of 2,000 communities by a market research company, in 147 out of 150 of the biggest cities in the U.S., the median full-time salaries of young women are 8% higher than those of the guys in their peer group..... In some cities it is up to 20% more. ... The figures come from James Chung of Reach Advisors, who has spent more than a year analyzing data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. He attributes the earnings reversal overwhelmingly to one factor: education. For every two guys who graduate from college or get a higher degree, three women do. http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,2015274,00.html?cnn=yes&hpt=Sbin I certainly see a trend toward this at my college. We have noticeably more male than female students, and male graduates outnumber females, but more males drop out than females, and females, as a general rule (and I am generalizing here) are stronger academically and also at working harder. These characteristics make them more desirable in the job market. That, and the fact that diversity standards have lead to a push to hire more women means better jobs and better pay. You go girls!!