What the gender pay gap is not telling you

What the gender pay gap is not telling you

As a demographic group, women get paid less than men. In 2017, a typical woman in full-time work earned 9% less than a man in Singapore. This translates to $410 less per month. Our gender pay gap compares well internationally (ranked 10th compared with 36 OECD countries).

However, the gender pay gap can vary for different occupations. There can be occupations where women earn more than men, similar or much less than men.

Explore the tool below to find out more.

Men Median Salary : $ Women Median Salary : $ %

*Gender pay gap (%) compares the median salaries of women with men in full-time work in that occupation. A 10% gap means that women earned 10% less than men. A negative 10% gap means that women earned 10% more than men.

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For occupations which are more common among women, are women paid more or less in these jobs? What about for men? How do the pay gaps compare with the overall 9% gap?

Among common occupations for men and women, many have pay gaps smaller than the 9% overall gender pay gap. There are some occupations like secretary, nurse and accountant, where the median pay of women were higher than men. Nonetheless, there are more occupations where median pay of men were higher.

Top 15 Occupations for Women

Gender Pay Gap, %

Top 15 Occupations for Men

Gender Pay Gap, %

Data pertain to residents in full-time work and the reference period was the month of June 2017.

Technical Note:

How is the gender pay gap calculated?

The gender pay gap is computed by taking the difference of the median salary of a man and a woman and dividing it by the median salary earned by a man. When comparing salaries of men and women, it is more meaningful to focus on those in full-time work and in similar occupations as more women than men work part-time to meet their family and caregiving responsibilities. This measure is also used in other countries and would facilitate international comparison.