The gender wage gap is still very much a reality in the United States, but it isn’t just because there are fewer women than men in high-paying jobs. Women tend to earn less in most occupations.
However, a new GOBankingRates study found that the gender wage gap varies greatly across the country. Using median income data from the U.S. Census Bureau for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the study found the gender pay gap ranges from $6,725 to $19,414.
The nine states where women earn much less than men have pay gaps greater than $15,000. But those states aren’t in one region — there are four in the West, three in the East and one each in the South and Midwest.
Here is a look at the nine states with the biggest pay gaps:
3. North Dakota
7. New Jersey
There are only two states where women make less than 60 percent of what men earn: Wyoming and Utah, where the median figure for both states is about 57 percent. In fact, there are three career categories in Utah where women earn less than half of what men are paid: legal; sales; and arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations.
Massachusetts is the only state among those with the biggest pay gaps where the women’s median income is at least 70 percent that of the men’s. That’s because working women in Massachusetts have the fourth-highest median income in the United States, but so do the state’s male employees.
Here is how big the pay gap is in each state, from the smallest to the largest. The figure for the District of Columbia also is listed.
|Pay Gap in Each U.S. State|
|District of Columbia||$10,197|
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Methodology: GOBankingRates determined pay gaps between men and women in each state and the District of Columbia by analyzing data on income characteristics, sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey (Five-Year Estimates). Factors in the study included: 1) median earnings of women; 2) median earnings of men; 3) women’s earnings as a percentage of male earnings; 4) the difference between incomes in dollar amounts.