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THE PAY GAP

American women, your last payday this year is effectively October 12

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For all the awareness of the pay gap between men and women in the US, the numbers haven’t budged very much in recent years. The median salary for female workers is only 78% of the median salary for men.

Here’s another way to look at that statistic: For every 365 days a man is paid, a woman is paid for anywhere between 241 and 332 days depending on which state she lives in. (The US average is 285.) This map from Expert Market, a firm that helps line up suppliers for businesses, shows the disparity by state. The lighter the shade of the state, the more severe the disparity.

This means that women who work year-round effectively work a number of weeks without being compensated. If they were paid like men, then women in Louisiana could stop working on August 29, and still make the same yearly salary. For Ohio’s women, that day would be October 9; for female Californians, November 3; and for New Yorkers, November 10. On average, American women aren’t being paid in full for their work after October 12.

Louisiana
Aug-15
West Virginia
Sep-15
Wyoming
Sep-15
North Dakota
Sep-15
Utah
Sep-15
Indiana
Sep-15
Montana
Sep-15
Nebraska
Sep-15
Michigan
Oct-15
Oklahoma
Oct-15
South Dakota
Oct-15
Alabama
Oct-15
Alaska
Oct-15
Idaho
Oct-15
Pennsylvania
Oct-15
Arkansas
Oct-15
Mississippi
Oct-15
Ohio
Oct-15
Connecticut
Oct-15
Iowa
Oct-15
Kentucky
Oct-15
New Hampshire
Oct-15
South Carolina
Oct-15
Illinois
Oct-15
Kansas
Oct-15
Missouri
Oct-15
Texas
Oct-15
Virginia
Oct-15
Wisconsin
Oct-15
Colorado
Oct-15
Minnesota
Oct-15
New Jersey
Oct-15
Oregon
Oct-15
Washington
Oct-15
Maine
Oct-15
Massachusetts
Oct-15
New Mexico
Oct-15
Rhode Island
Oct-15
Delaware
Oct-15
Georgia
Oct-15
Hawaii
Oct-15
Nevada
Oct-15
North Carolina
Oct-15
Tennessee
Oct-15
Vermont
Oct-15
Arizona
Nov-15
California
Nov-15
Florida
Nov-15
Maryland
Nov-15
New York
Nov-15
Washington DC
Nov-15

And here is a state-by-state look at the disparity on a simple percentage basis. The closest women get to pay parity is in Washington DC, where they earn 9% less than men on average. They have furthest to go in Louisiana, where women are paid an average 35% less than men.

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