Sarasota, Miami Among 10 Best-paying Cities for Women; Palm Bay Among Worst

El Paso, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, San Antonio-New Braunfels, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota metro areas are among the 10 best-paying cities for women, according to a listing by 24/7 Wall St. ahead of Equal Pay Day, being observed Tuesday.

These areas had the least pay disparity between men and women, when comparing the full-time median earnings over the past 12 months, the report said.

Similarly, Lancaster, Pa., Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla., and Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., were among the worst for gender pay disparity.

24/7 Wall St. evaluated the country’s 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas to come up with the report. Here are some from the list of best-paying cities, along with their rankings and excerpts from 24/7 Wall St.:

#3. North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla.
·         Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 87.5%
·         Median income for men: $40,417
·         Median income for women: $35,352

“In the North Port metropolitan area, women made $7 for every $8 that men made. Women in the health care technology field, which comprised a nation-high 2.8% of jobs in the North Port area, made 124.3% of what men made, compared to 83.8% for the country as a whole. In production occupations, women made 114.3% of men’s earnings, a higher percentage than any other metropolitan area.”

#6. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX.
·         Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 86.5%
·         Median income for men: $30,288
·         Median income for women: $26,191

“Although the median pay for women working full time in McAllen was more than $11,000 less than the pay for women across the country, their pay relative to men was among the best in the United States.”

#7. El Paso, TX.
·         Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 85.6%
·         Median income for men: $33,821
·         Median income for women: $28,959

“The median pay for El Paso women working in office and administrative support was 99% of that for similarly employed men, one of the smallest disparities in the nation. Additionally, area women who worked in a sales position had median pay 74.2% of the male median, better than in the majority of metropolitan areas and the country overall, where women made just 65% of male salaries.”

#8. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX.
·         Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 85.5%
·         Median income for men: $40,633
·         Median income for women: $34,753

“San Antonio-area women working in the business and financial industries were paid 87.6% of what their male counterparts earned. Although hardly equal, it was the ninth-smallest percentage difference among all metro areas for the field.”

#9. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla.
·         Women’s pay as a pct. of men’s: 85.4%
·         Median income for men: $40,817
·         Median income for women: $34,852

“The median annual earnings for both men and women were lower in the Miami area than in the United States as whole. However, while women across the nation earned just 78.8% of their male counterparts’ pay, in the Miami metropolitan area this figure was over 85%.”

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24 Wall St. also compiled a listing of the worst-paying cities for women, first published on International Women’s Day March 8. Here’s a snapshot of some cities on that list, along with their rankings, snapshot and excerpted comments:

3. Lancaster, Pa.
Women’s pay as pct. of men’s: 68.6%
Median income for men: $47,318
Median income for women: $32,446

“Lancaster is an industrial town. About 11.6% of all full-time, year-round jobs in the region are in the manufacturing industry, the third-highest percentage of the top 100 largest metropolitan areas. Major manufacturers in the region include Armstrong World Industries and R.R. Donnelly & Sons. The median income for women in the manufacturing industry was just 64.3% that of men’s in 2011. The gap was even worse in other fields.”

5. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
Women’s pay as pct. of men’s: 69.8%
Median income for men: $45,582
Median income for women: $31,820

“The median earnings for women in the Palm Bay metropolitan area in 2011 who worked full time was less than 70% of that for men…In Florida, the median income for women was 83.8% that of men’s, the sixth-smallest gap of all states…One bright spot was in computer and mathematical occupations. Women earned a median income of more than $67,000, or approximately $3,900 more than the median wage for men.”

8. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.
Women’s pay as pct. of men’s: 72.1%
Median income for men: $72,202
Median income for women: $52,063

“The median income for women in Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area was more than $20,000 less than the median income of men in 2011. Western Connecticut employs many people in financial services. In Stamford, both UBS and RBS banks employ thousands of people, and countless hedge funds are also situated in the region. Yet there was a profound gap in pay equity between men and women in business and financial operations, with women earning a median of just 54.8% of the men’s pay.”

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