Women earn $10,000 less per year than men in our community.

Let's Break It Down

Equally educated men and women do not earn equal pay.

Women working full-time, year-round have a median income of $38,432. Comparatively, men working full-time, year-round have a median income of $48,614. Men earn a median income higher than women in all 35 occupational areas outlined within the U.S. Census American Community Survey. While income rises as education level increases, men earn a median income higher than women regardless of educational attainment.

Why Does It Matter?

Equitable wages for women are crucial to self-sufficiency and family well-being.

Earning a higher wage increases self-sufficiency and reduces the need for public assistance. It’s especially important for single female households. There are an estimated 69,399 children under the age of 18 living with a single parent. Of these children, 78% (53,878) are living with their mother. When looking at those living in poverty, 15% of those families are led by a woman.

The ability to earn an equitable wage is critical for stable housing, transportation, and overall quality of life. Education is often viewed as a tool to help individuals increase their earnings. However, men and women in our community are reaching similar levels of education while women are still earning less than men.

How Do We Compare?

The gender pay gap here is similar to national rates.

Nationally, women working full-time, year-round have a median income of $39,183 and men have a median income of $49,742. Nationally, women earn 27% less than men, similar to the local rate of 26% less. Nationally, women earn anywhere from 6%-95% less than men in all 35 occupational areas.

Data Source:  American Community Survey 2014 5 Year Estimates Tables B200004, S2402, B15001, B23008

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