Families depend on women’s wages more than ever, but a woman working full time, year round is typically paid less than a full-time, year-round male worker. These disparities exist in every state. However, as indicated in the map below, the size of the disparity varies by state. Additionally, women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers — and full-time, year-round work at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour leaves a woman with two children thousands of dollars below the poverty line. Working to close the wage gap and increasing the minimum wage are key steps towards fair pay for women.
Read our fact sheets on the state-by-state wage gaps for African American women, Latinas, Asian American women, Native American women, white-non-Hispanic women and women overall:
- The Wage Gap By State for Women Overall (2015)
- The Wage Gap by State for African American Women (2014)
- The Wage Gap by State for Latinas (2014)
- The Wage Gap by State for Asian American Women (2014)
- The Wage Gap by State for Native American Women (2014)
- The Wage Gap by State for White, Non-Hispanic Women (2014)
What a woman makes for every dollar a man makes” is the ratio of women’s and men’s annual median earnings for full-time, year-round workers. The “wage gap” is the additional money a woman would have to make for every dollar made by a man in order to have equal annual earnings. Overall figures calculated by NWLC are based on 2015 American Community Survey Data. Figures for African American women, Latinas, Asian American, Native American, and white-non-Hispanic women calculated by NWLC are based on 2010-2014 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates. State minimum wages from Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, “Minimum Wage Laws in the States – August 1, 2016.” Minimum wages for tipped workers are often lower.