When The Glass Ceiling Hits

June 16, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

Catherine Rampell explored the latest data that mapped out the glass ceiling for women. Highlights include:

  • Men and women start off with a fairly sizeable wage difference. College educated men make about $40,800 after they graduate while similar women only make $31,900.
  • But for several years after that wages rise at the same rate. In fact women have a slight advantage here.
  • But around the age of 30 females’ salary increases begin to slow and by 40 they’ve run into the glass ceiling, and their pay stops rising.
  • 30 is also around when women begin to have children.
  • Women’s pay maxes out at around $60,000. In contrast for men it’s $95,000.

To read many more details including the strengths and weaknesses of the data set, the glass ceiling for men, and a graph of the actual data, click here.

Source: The New York Times