Why Men Make More Money Than Women

30 Jul 2007 /

Another study quizzed graduating master’s degree students who had received job offers about whether they had simply accepted the offered starting salary or had tried to negotiate for more. Four times as many men — 51 percent of the men vs. 12.5 percent of the women — said they had pushed for a better deal. Not surprisingly, those who negotiated tended to be rewarded — they got 7.4 percent more, on average — compared with those who did not negotiate.

A Carnegie Mellon professor has figured out why men make more than women for the same job.

I actually figured that out myself the first time I heard about it. Salaries are negotiable. You can’t pay someone less than they’re willing to work for. Hence, women must be willing to work for less money. It’s the only possible explanation.

UPDATE: I should have emphasized that 7.4 percent is just the difference in starting salaries. If we make the reasonable assumption that men continue to be more aggressive in seeking raises and promotions throughout their careers, the monetary difference potentially becomes very large indeed.

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12 Comments on Why Men Make More Money Than Women »

  1. 31 Jul 2007 @ 9:03 am


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  2. nobody here

    8 Sep 2008 @ 9:05 am


    You’re stupid dude…go read “Why Men Earn More” by Dr. Warren Farrell

  3. PE

    PE

    8 Sep 2008 @ 10:08 am


    Warren Farrell?! I went to a talk of his back when I was still in college. At that time, he was doing a Mr. Sensitive, “men don’t understand how hard it is to be a woman” schtick. He’s since done a switcheroo and now promotes a “women don’t understand how hard it is to be a man” agenda, which is what that book is all about.

  4. Joe Johnson

    27 Feb 2009 @ 8:01 pm


    I agree with this to a point, about not getting payed less than you are willing to accept. But at the same time, salaries are not always negotiable, and men probably are offered higher wages…as to why, i dont know. except that men are more capable at their jobs 🙂 lol j/p

  5. DJ

    1 Mar 2009 @ 2:50 pm


    Look women are just as good at the jobs we do as the stupid men who are all being stupid about, “this woman can’t make as much as me for the same job. that is not right” then they feel threatened by that woman and tries to get her fired. that is stupid. don’t denie that you would do that too. But alas I am a woman so I guess I really Don’t know what guys think in their brains about that. but what would you say? being a guy and all?

    Thats what I thought. Guys are plain jerks.

    Plus women don’t get the final choice on their salary. The boss does. if some dumb valuable employee complains, they will go and change the salary. don’t forget that most women have families to take care of. they can be sooo desprit for a job that they’ll try anything. again i am a woman so I would know.

  6. DJ

    1 Mar 2009 @ 2:59 pm


    Sorry about the jerk thing. but i still think that is true. i won’t budge on this idea.

  7. mike

    12 Mar 2009 @ 12:05 am


    Give me a break! The more you work the more you make simple! My sister works 14+ hours a day so she makes more. She puts in more time and effort. Put less time make less effort. Ask for a raise and you might get it. If you don’t ask for a raise then why would they give it to you? Seriously if women made less for same amount of work and time, men would be replaced. Women just have to shout out bs excuses. Take risks and ask for more money you’ll get it.

  8. Jack

    30 Apr 2009 @ 4:37 am


    Well, look at how many CEOs are woman… Ya if you have a regular job, you work more you make more but as you move up more time than not men will get hired…

  9. 7 May 2009 @ 6:17 pm


    ALL YOU PEOPLR NEED TO SHUTUP BECAUSE IT DONT MATTER WHO GOT A JOB OR MAKE THE MONEY AS LOMG AS YOU GOT A HOUSE AND FOOD…

  10. EBARN

    11 Feb 2010 @ 10:57 am


    i think that men need more money because mainly men take care of their families

  11. EBARN

    11 Feb 2010 @ 11:08 am


    i also know women that work and none of them are the sole provider for their families they just add a secondary income

  12. Matt in Dallas

    16 Nov 2010 @ 10:58 am


    Here’s some notes from “Why Men Earn More” I actually read it unlike PE. You can agree or disagree, but don’t make accusations based on what you heard someone else tell you.

    Men’s choices lead to higher pay, women’s choices lead to better lives

    76% of men vs 29% of women say building wealth is a priority.

    Going back to 1981 the bureau of labor statistics found that if you adjust for jobs having the same title, same responsibilities and equal size responsibilities men and women’s pay was equal.
    Example: a buyer for a small boutique vs a national buyer for Nordstrom’s.

    The problem with victim hood: it doesn’t direct people toward solutions that they can implement, and it doesn’t address the underlying issue. That is the problem of self selection. Where are all the male elementary school teachers or male nurses? Are men prevented from entering these fields due to descrimination?

    Women prefer contact with human life (i.e. – child psychiatry) over suffering and death (i.e. – surgery), but dealing with death is more profitable.

    Women choose jobs with the fewest round the clock emergency demands at unscheduled hours.

    They choose less specialization beyond basic requirements

    They emphasize fulfillment and flexibility

    Female engine mechanics make 40000 while men only make 31000

    A Mercedes mechanic makes more than a ford mechanic as a nurse anesthetist makes more than a general nurse

    Studies that say male engineers make more don’t take into account the differences between subfields like aerospace vs transmitter.

    Women often have more free time, more control of when her time is free, they enter more life enhancing fields, and therefore have more real power and control over their lives and careers.

    The average working man works 45 hours a week, the average woman 42.

    Women are less than half as likely as men to work 50 hour weeks

    Women are promoted faster: Prior to age 40 women are 15 times more likely than their male counter parts to become top execs at major corporations. (21% of women as opposed to 1.4% of men)

    This means they are younger and less experienced than their male counterparts.

    Top earners take responsibility for the bottom line, for generating revenue, and for profits and losses.

    Not all job titles are equal: men with the title of corporate vice president often handle sales and finance while a woman with the same title often handles human resources, communications, or public affairs

    In the NFL no one cares about years worked as much as yards gained

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