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January 3, 2017

Makeover Monday: Australia’s Income Gender Gap


2017 is here and with it another 52 weeks of Makeover Monday. ICYMI, this year Eva Murray is joining me on the project. We’ll be rotating each week, which I’m looking forward to as it’ll help challenge me more.

For week 1, we’re reviewing this article from Women’s Agenda about the massive pay gap that exists in Australia’s 50 highest paying jobs. Interestingly, we’re not making over a chart this week; instead it’s two ordered lists.

What works well?

  • An ordered list is great for showing ranking
  • Splitting the lists between men and women makes it easy to see which jobs pay them most for each gender

What doesn’t work well?

  • It’s basically impossible to compare men and women in the same jobs, which was the whole purpose of the article.
  • Within a gender, you have to do the math in your head to compare jobs. A simple bar chart, would make it to compare at a glance.
  • There’s no “story” to the data. What’s the call to action?
  • The lists only show the top 50 for each gender distinctly, making it really hard to find an overlap in the lists.
  • There’s no sense for the “overall” gender pay gap when limiting the list.

For my version, I started with a Google image search to get some inspiration. I pulled various parts and pieces from different infographics that resonated with me to put together this infographic. I had a few objectives:

  1. Use an impactful title
  2. Break the infographic into several parts by adding divider lines
  3. Start with a high-level summary of the gender gap for all jobs in the data set and just the top 50 jobs
  4. Quantify the pay gap for the reader to improve the context
  5. Show the wage gap in the top 50 jobs via a slope chart and highlight the jobs when women earn more than men (sadly only 2 jobs)
  6. Create a mobile version that allows for scrolling through the story

With these goals in mind, here’s my first Makeover Monday of 2017.


  1. Great work! How do you make the purple lines appear thicker than the gray lines? When I change the size of lines, it affects both gray and purple lines.

    1. You have the wrong field on the size shelf. You can download my workbook to see how I did it.