Based on today’s wage gap, women would lose $430,480 over the course of a 40-year career. For Latinas the career losses mount to $1,007,080, and for African American women the losses are $877,480. If we don’t act to close the wage gap, a woman just starting out today stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of her career, undercutting her ability to provide for herself and her family, as well as her retirement security.

This “lifetime wage gap” exists across the country: in every state, women’s career losses based on today’s wage gap would amount to about one-quarter of a million dollars or more — and in seven states women’s career losses would amount to more than half a million dollars.

The situation is even worse for women of color. Compared to the earnings of white, non-Hispanic men, the lifetime wage gap would amount to more than $1 million for Asian American women in one state, for African American women in six states, for Native American women in 13 states, and for Latinas in 23 states.

Want to see where your state ranks? Click on a state below to see its lifetime wage gap for women overall, African American women, Latinas, Asian American women, and Native American women.


And check our fact sheets on the state-by-state lifetime wage gaps for women by race and ethnicity:

Source Note:
The cost of the wage gap over a 40-year career, or the “lifetime wage gap,” is based on the latest data on the difference between women’s and men’s median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, multiplied by 40 years. Figures are not adjusted for inflation. Overall state figures calculated by NWLC are based on 2014 American Community Survey Data. Figures for African American women, Latinas, Asian American, and Native American women calculated by NWLC are based on 2010-2014 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates. For the purposes of this analysis D.C. is considered a state.