States With the Smallest Gender Pay Gap

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Women, on average, earn 77 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts earn, and this gap is even larger for women of color.  Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there are only 4 out of 111 occupations in which women’s weekly median earnings are higher than men’s. Additionally, male-dominated industries tend to pay more than female-dominated industries, even when both require similar education levels.

The gender pay gap is ubiquitous, affecting women across a wide variety of industries and education levels. Even at law firms, female partners earn on average $66,000 per year less than their male counterparts.

We also have compiled a list of cities with the lowest gender pay gaps as well as occupations with the largest and smallest gender pay gap.

 

Rank State Median earnings for male full-time, year-round workers Median earnings for female full-time, year-round workers Women’s pay as a percentage of men’s pay
1 District of Columbia $66,754 $60,116 90.1%
2 Maryland $57,447 $49,000 85.3%
3 Nevada $42,137 $35,941 85.3%
4 Vermont $44,776 $38,017 84.9%
5 New York $51,274 $43,000 83.9%
6 California $50,139 $41,956 83.7%
7 Florida $40,889 $34,202 83.6%
8 Hawaii $45,748 $38,040 83.2%
9 Maine $42,280 $35,057 82.9%
10 Arizona $43,618 $35,974 82.5%
11 North Carolina $41,859 $34,421 82.2%
12 Georgia $43,707 $35,479 81.2%
13 Delaware $50,689 $41,120 81.1%
14 Rhode Island $50,975 $41,074 80.6%
15 New Mexico $41,211 $33,074 80.3%
16 Colorado $50,509 $40,402 80.0%
17 Minnesota $50,885 $40,595 79.8%
18 Texas $44,802 $35,453 79.1%
19 Massachusetts $60,243 $47,651 79.1%
20 Oregon $47,402 $37,381 78.9%
21 Virginia $52,125 $41,104 78.9%
22 New Jersey $60,878 $47,878 78.6%
23 Illinois $51,262 $40,309 78.6%
24 Connecticut $61,097 $47,900 78.4%
25 Washington $52,529 $41,062 78.2%
26 South Dakota $40,721 $31,792 78.1%
27 Wisconsin $46,898 $36,535 77.9%
28 South Carolina $41,740 $32,402 77.6%
29 Iowa $45,305 $35,106 77.5%
30 Nebraska $42,878 $33,218 77.5%
31 Tennessee $41,828 $32,398 77.5%
32 New Hampshire $54,136 $41,774 77.2%
33 Ohio $46,789 $35,984 76.9%
34 Arkansas $40,153 $30,843 76.8%
35 Missouri $42,974 $32,868 76.5%
36 Montana $41,656 $31,775 76.3%
37 Kansas $44,765 $34,131 76.2%
38 Oklahoma $41,415 $31,543 76.2%
39 Kentucky $42,321 $32,157 76.0%
40 Pennsylvania $49,330 $37,414 75.8%
41 Mississippi $40,081 $30,287 75.6%
42 Idaho $41,664 $31,296 75.1%
43 Alaska $57,068 $42,345 74.2%
44 North Dakota $45,888 $33,877 73.8%
45 Michigan $49,897 $36,772 73.7%
46 Indiana $45,620 $33,419 73.3%
47 Alabama $44,567 $31,674 71.1%
48 Utah $48,540 $34,062 70.2%
49 West Virginia $44,159 $30,885 69.9%
50 Louisiana $47,249 $31,586 66.9%
51 Wyoming $51,932 $33,152 63.8%

Data was obtained from the 2012 U.S. Census.

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