Women’s salaries grow faster than men,
but still earn less
By John Size | Daily Brew – Thu, 16 Dec, 2010 3:46 PM EST
Women's earnings across Canada increased at twice the rate of their male counterparts
between 2000 and 2008, but still lag behind in total income, StatsCan reported in The
Statistics released Thursday show the average income for women in 2008 was $30,100,
which is a 13 per cent increase from 2000 when the average income was $26,300. During
the same eight years, men's incomes increased seven per cent to $47,000.
One reason cited for the income gap was the fact women were less likely to work full
time than men.
However, the earnings gap was narrower for women who opted to work full time on a
full-year basis, StatsCan reported. Still, women working full time, year round earned
about 71 cents for each dollar earned by men.
But even among full-time workers, women clocked fewer hours than men, which
accounts for some of the discrepancy, the report stated.
It was noted the average annual earnings were directly related to a person's level of
education, with the greater difference among women.
For example, a woman with a university degree earned an average of $62,800 in 2008,
compared with $20,800 for a female with less than a Grade 9 education.
A male with less than a Grade 9 education earned an average of $40,400 compared with
$91,800 for a man with a university degree.
Women with a university education who worked full time, year round earned about 30
per cent less than men with similar qualifications, StatsCan found.
As the education and income levels for women increased o