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The Wage Gap, State by State

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Families depend on women’s wages more than ever, but women working full time, year round are typically paid less than full time, year round male workers in every state. Nationally, women working full time, year round typically make only 80 cents for every dollar a man makes and the size of the disparity varies by state. Women fare best in California, where women working full time, year round typically make 89 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. D.C., New York, and Florida follow California with the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings at 87 percent or more. Women fare worst relative to men in Louisiana and Utah, where women’s earnings represented only 69 and 71 percent of men’s earnings, respectively.

Click on a state below to see its wage gap for women overall, Black women, Latinas, Asian women, Native women, white, non-Hispanic women, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women as well as the state’s minimum wage.

Source Note: 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 2017 American Community Survey Data. Figures for Black women, Latinas, Asian women, Native women, and white-non-Hispanic women calculated by NWLC are based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates. For the purposes of this analysis D.C. is considered a state. State minimum wages from Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, “Minimum Wage Laws in the States – July 1, 2017.” Minimum cash wages for tipped workers are often lower.

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