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Study: Female grads earn $8,000 less than men

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The wage gap between men and women may start as soon as new college grads collect their first paycheck.

A new study by the American Association of University Women says, among recent college graduates, full time working women earn 82% of what their male peers do.

Here's how it breaks down:

One year after college, the average salary for men is $42,918.  For women, it's $35,296.  That's a difference of nearly $8,000.

The study, Graduating to a Pay Gap, found the problem may lie with job choices.  For example, many women choose teaching or social sciences, which are lower paying industries.  Men, on the other hand, select jobs in science and technical industries, which pay more.

The study also suggests that when it comes to negotiating salary, women just don't like to do so.   You can read the full study here.

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