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The Gender Wage Gap Through the Years

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As of 2019, the median income for men was $60,876 while the median income for women was $50,129 — a $10,747 difference, or 82.35%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That means that in 2019, a woman working full-time, year-round earned 82 cents to a man’s dollar. That’s actually a huge improvement from a few decades ago — in 1973, a woman earning the median salary earned just 57 cents to a man’s dollar.

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The median women’s income as a percentage of men’s has gone up and down through the years, though it’s currently at its highest in history. Take a look at the gender wage gap from 1955 to the present day.

Last updated: March 24, 2021
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1955-1959

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1955: 64.49%
  • 1956: 63.33%
  • 1957: 63.68%
  • 1958: 62.66%
  • 1959: 61.17%

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1960-1964

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1960: 60.66%
  • 1961: 59.00%
  • 1962: 59.34%
  • 1963: 58.58%
  • 1964: 59.04%

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1965-1969

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1965: 57.84%
  • 1966: 57.89%
  • 1967: 57.59%
  • 1968: 58.46%
  • 1969: 58.57%

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1970-1974

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1970: 59.23%
  • 1971: 59.19%
  • 1972: 57.44%
  • 1973: 56.57%
  • 1974: 58.99%

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1975-1979

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1975: 59.68%
  • 1976: 59.98%
  • 1977: 58.49%
  • 1978: 60.02%
  • 1979: 60.25%

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1980-1984

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1980: 60.45%
  • 1981: 60.20%
  • 1982: 63.09%
  • 1983: 64.33%
  • 1984: 64.25%

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1985-1989

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1985: 65.01%
  • 1986: 65.05%
  • 1987: 65.83%
  • 1988: 67.83%
  • 1989: 69.10%

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1990-1994

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1990: 71.05%
  • 1991: 70.04%
  • 1992: 71.66%
  • 1993: 72.30%
  • 1994: 73.60%

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1995-1999

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 1995: 73.84%
  • 1996: 74.35%
  • 1997: 73.85%
  • 1998: 74.08%
  • 1999: 73.07%

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2000-2004

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 2000: 74.88%
  • 2001: 75.79%
  • 2002: 76.46%
  • 2003: 76.27%
  • 2004: 77.08%

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2005-2009

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 2005: 78.83%
  • 2006: 77.83%
  • 2007: 78.24%
  • 2008: 76.79%
  • 2009: 75.73%

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2010-2014

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 2010: 76.65%
  • 2011: 76.88%
  • 2012: 78.96%
  • 2013: 79.15%
  • 2014: 79.29%

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2015-2019

Women’s income as a percentage of men’s in…

  • 2015: 79.92%
  • 2016: 80.79%
  • 2017: 79.48%
  • 2018: 81.32%
  • 2019: 82.35%

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Methodology: For this piece, GOBankingRates used the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey “Full-Time, Year-Round Workers by Median Income and Sex” data to find the gender wage gap through the years. For each year since 1955 GOBankingRates found (1) the median income for men; (2) the median income for women; (3) the difference in dollars between the two; and (4) women’s income as a percentage of men’s. All data was collected on and up to date as of March 9, 2021.