According to Statistics Estonia, the country's gender pay gap was 22 percent in 2015. In honor of Women's Day, the authority highlighted jobs in Estonia in which women earn more than men — by up to 24 percent.
Statistics Estonia found that there are currently fewer than ten occupations in Estonia in which women's average gross hourly wage is at least three percent higher than that of their male counterparts.
Women's average hourly pay exceeded that of men in the following occupations:
• Managers in advertising, public relations fields
• Managers in food service industry
• Cartographers, surveyors
• Other music teachers (private music teachers)
• Translators, interpreters, other linguists
• Mid-level nursing specialists
• Real estate agents, property managers
• Otherwise uncategorized commercial services agents (literature, concert, music, theater, sports, advertising agents, auctioneers, film crew management)
• Secretaries, clerks, administrative assistants
• Mid-level social work specialists
• Web engineers
• Field crop and vegetable farmers
• Field crop and livestock farmers
• Bus, tram drivers
• Gardening laborers
Public relations, advertising wages significantly higher for women
Of particular note is the fact that women managers in public relations and advertising earn 24 percent more than their male counterparts, while women managers in the food service industry, including barkeepers, café managers and catering managers, earn 20 percent more than their male colleagues. Women bus and tram drivers likewise earn 12 percent more than men.
Otherwise uncategorized commercial services agents, which include literature, concert, music, theater, sports and advertising agents as well as auctioneers and film crew management, earn eight percent more than men who work in the same positions. Women secretaries and administrative assistants earn seven percent more than their male counterparts.
Women private music teachers, mid-level nursing specialists and telemarketers earn nearly five percent more than men in the same jobs, while women who work as gardening laborers earn on average four percent more than men who do the same job.
Editor: Aili Vahtla