Today the Census released new state data and we’ve crunched the numbers to tell you who has the largest wage gap—and who has the smallest. Here’s what we found:

  • Louisiana had the largest wage gap in 2014. Women working full time, year round were typically paid only 65 cents for every dollar earned by a man, leaving a wage gap of 35 cents. Nationally, women working full time, year round typically make 79 cents for every dollar a man earns.
  • The 10 states with the largest wage gaps were Louisiana, Utah, Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, and Michigan (See an interactive map and list of wage gap calculations for all states here.)
  • Between 2013 and 2014 gender wage gaps in 17 states narrowed by more than a penny, while 13 increased by more than a penny and 21 stayed flat (changed by less than one cent).
  • Washington, D.C. had the smallest wage gap at 10 cents in 2014—but as we’ve noted before, this isn’t true for every group. Last year D.C. had the nation’s second largest wage gap for African American women, compared to white, non-Hispanic men. We’ll be sure to track this disparity when we get new state data for women of color later this year.
  • After Washington, D.C., the nine states with the smallest wage gaps were: New York, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, Florida, North Carolina, California, Arizona, and Vermont.


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