Cities With the Largest and Smallest Gender Pay Gap

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 is Equal Pay Day.  This day symbolizes how far into 2013 women must work simply to earn what their male counterparts earned in 2012.  Due to the gender pay gap, women earn on average 77 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts earn.  For women of color, this gap is even larger.  African American women earn only 64 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man, and Latina women earn 56 cents per dollar earned by a Caucasian man.

While many claim that the gender pay gap can be attributed to choice of industry, evidence abounds that women earn less in almost every occupation.  In data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they found that there were only 4 out of 111 occupations in which women’s weekly median earnings were higher than men’s.  For the exact same occupation, women earn less than their male counterparts.  The gender pay gap persists among high-wage and low-wage earners alike.  Female law firm partners earn $66,000 per year less than their male counterparts.

For Equal Pay Day 2013, NerdWallet compiled a list of cities with the lowest gender pay gaps as well as occupations with the largest and smallest gender pay gap.

Cities with the smallest gender pay gap

Rank City Median earnings for male full-time, year-round workers Median earnings for female full-time, year-round workers Female earnings as a percentage of male earnings
1 Wauchula, FL $26,231 $27,712 105.6%
2 Clewiston, FL $26,747 $27,063 101.2%
3 Arcadia, FL $28,499 $27,344 95.9%
4 Shelbyville, TN $33,866 $31,761 93.8%
5 Jacksonville, NC Metro Area $31,466 $29,064 92.4%
6 Kill Devil Hills, NC $41,087 $37,846 92.1%
7 Sebring, FL $30,606 $28,116 91.9%
8 Santa Fe, NM Metro Area $43,545 $39,723 91.2%
9 Forrest City, AR $30,213 $27,192 90.0%
10 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metro Area $45,607 $41,027 90.0%
11 Salinas, CA Metro Area $42,537 $38,149 89.7%
12 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metro Area $45,446 $40,686 89.5%
13 Oneonta, NY $37,429 $33,505 89.5%
14 Madera-Chowchilla, CA Metro Area $36,381 $32,383 89.0%
15 Jackson, WY $41,561 $36,865 88.7%
16 Campbellsville, KY $31,481 $27,902 88.6%
17 North Wilkesboro, NC $31,894 $28,264 88.6%
18 Carson City, NV Metro Area $45,931 $40,648 88.5%
19 Fort Leonard Wood, MO $35,824 $31,622 88.3%
20 Okeechobee, FL $29,177 $25,691 88.1%

 

For comparison, here are the cities with the largest gender pay gap.

Cities with the largest gender pay gap

Rank City Median earnings for male full-time, year-round workers Median earnings for female full-time, year-round workers Female earnings as a percentage of male earnings
1 Vernal, UT $60,842 $31,131 51.2%
2 Andrews, TX $55,424 $29,003 52.3%
3 Pierre Part, LA $52,088 $27,774 53.3%
4 Rock Springs, WY $66,997 $35,958 53.7%
5 Evanston, WY $58,462 $31,656 54.1%
6 Pampa, TX $46,159 $25,155 54.5%
7 Gillette, WY $64,319 $35,126 54.6%
8 New Iberia, LA $47,484 $26,075 54.9%
9 Susanville, CA $61,609 $34,068 55.3%
10 Williston, ND $54,601 $30,211 55.3%

Methodology:

Data came from the U.S. Census American Community Survey.  943 cities were compared.

 

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