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Survey: Women Still Paid Less

Women workers say men are getting preferential treatment from employers.

Despite many strides in workplace equality, the number of women reporting lower wages than their male co-workers remains roughly unchanged from two years ago, according to CareerBuilder.

In a recent survey of more than 7,900 workers, 34 percent of women said they believe they're still being paid less than men, compared to 35 percent in a similar survey conducted in 2006, the Chicago-based online job board reported. In fact, 40 percent of men who took part in the survey reported making $50,000 or more a year, compared to only 21 percent of women. By contrast, about half of the women workers surveyed said they made $35,000 or less, compared to 28 percent of men. Of total survey respondents, 4,300 were men and 3,600 were women.

About a quarter of participating women also said they had fewer career advancement opportunities, while others said they had fewer training and learning opportunities. Up to half said they perceived a general favoritism towards male workers, and a third said men were better at schmoozing with their supervisors.

The survey also found that women in the health-care, hospitality and education industries were less likely to report wage discrimination, compared to those in manufacturing, retail and professional and business services.

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