Same job, but Tweed men paid $15,000 more
MEN in Tweed are getting paid about $15,000 a year more than women - that's 43% more.
The average Tweed man earns about $49,400 and the average woman earns $34,500, based on local government area figures.
Figures show the biggest gap is in manager roles, where Tweed Shire men get paid about $22,600 a year more than women on average.
The second highest gap in the region is in machinery operator roles, where men get paid about $20,000 more than women.
In New South Wales, men get paid about $22,000 more on average than women, about a 52% gap.
National Council of Women member and equal pay advocate Elise Stephenson said these Australian Bureau of Statistics wage and salary earner figures from 2010-11 had not changed.
The university student said it also revealed just how bad the problem was.
"People think we're doing much better than we're actually doing," she said.
"And when you've got a perception that 'we're doing fine', there is less emphasis to change things."
Ms Stephenson said it was "absolutely ridiculous" and "outdated" that men were still getting paid more than women.
"Money is the main way we value work in our society," she said.
"What does it tell us of how we value our women?"
Experts say there are several reasons why women still fall behind men when it comes to wages, from employers offering less money to being faced with deciding between a job at lower pay and no job at all.
Ms Stephenson said research showed women were more reluctant than men to negotiate.
University of Queensland political science professor Gillian Whitehouse said women were more likely to be offered and accept lower pay than men for entry-level jobs and graduate positions.
- APN NEWSDESK