Women in the U.S. who work full time, year round are typically paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. However, the wage gap between mothers and fathers is even larger – mothers who work outside the home full time, year round typically make just 71 cents for every dollar paid to fathers. Compared to white, non-Hispanic fathers, some groups of mothers fare even worse: African American mothers are paid 51 cents, Native American mothers are paid 49 cents and Hispanic mothers are paid just 46 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic fathers. Single mothers are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to all fathers, and women in low-wage jobs are paid just 66 cents for every dollar paid to fathers in low-wage jobs.
Mothers make less than fathers in every state but the size of the wage gap varies.
Click on a state below to see its wage gap for mothers. And visit our other state-by-state wage gap maps for information about other groups of women.
“What Mothers Make for Every Dollar Fathers Make” is the ratio of mothers’ and fathers’ median earnings for full time, year round workers. Mothers and fathers have at least one related child under 18 at home. Earnings are in 2015 dollars. NWLC calculations based on 2015 American Community Survey using IPUMS.