Women with degrees earn the same as men without

18.02.2021 - 12:10
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Women with master’s degrees who live with a spouse or partner earn an average of around 100,000 krónur less per month than men with bachelor’s degrees who live with a spouse or partner. Women with bachelor’s degrees have similar takings to men with only school education—and those men earn more than women with a bachelor’s outside the capital area.

The data come from the newly updated earnings records compiled from 2018 tax returns. It is not built on wage data from employment, but from total earnings from all sources.

Income by gender, regardless of education, indicates that men who live with spouses or partners earned an average of 794,000 krónur a month and women 564,000. The total income of men was therefore 29 percent higher. 

Big difference outside the city 

A woman living with a spouse or partner outside the capital region has an average of 33 percent lower monthly earnings than a man in the same position. The situation is similar regardless of education, with men with master's degrees in the same situation earning 31 percent more than women with master’s degrees. 

Outside the capital, women with high school education earn an average of 36 percent less than men with high school education. The average man with high school education who lives with a spouse or partner outside the capital makes around 50,000 krónur more per month than a woman with a bachelor’s degree in the same position. 

The data are concerned with total earnings and do not take into account things like how many hours people work, or whether their income is solely from employment, or from other sources as well. 

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