For my statistics project, I’ve been looking into the wage gap between men and women in the United States. I’ve been considering various factors that I could investigate, such as percentages by region, state, occupation, etc. I have found several sites with data, but the one I found particularly useful was one that listed the median weekly earnings for both men and women based on occupation and occupational groupings.(http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat39.pdf)
I am still having some trouble coming up with a research question. I’ve thought about looking at the wage gaps based on different categories of occupations and seeing how significant the variation is between each occupation grouping. I want to test how much the type of occupation affects the percentage gap in weekly earnings for men and women, but I’m not exactly sure how to go about it. The data that I have found lists median weekly earnings, so I thought that I could find the average weekly earning under each subheading. For example, under computer and mathematical occupations, I could find the average weekly earnings for women with those types of jobs and the average weekly earnings for men under that category. This way, for each category of occupation, I would have a mean for women’s weekly earnings and for men’s weekly earnings.