Pay gap between men and women by industry

Natalie Kitroeff and Nina Agrawal
April 4, 2017

Today is Equal Pay Day, which was invented by an activist group two decades ago to draw attention to the wage divide between men and women.

The day comes in April, marking how many extra months women would have to work into the new year to make what men made the year before.

The divide in pay has narrowed since 1996, but women in the U.S. still make about 80 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to census data.

Here are some basic facts about that persistent gap:

In California, the difference is $7,227 a year

A woman who works full time in California makes a median income of $43,335, compared with a median of $50,562 for a man, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Families, an advocacy group.

That makes for a difference of a little more than $7,200 a year, or the average cost of more than five months of rent in the state.

California’s Latina women are further behind — they earn just 43 cents on the dollar, compared with white men. Black women earn 63 cents, and Asian women earn 72 cents.

In total, the analysis found, women in California would earn $78.6 billion more per year if their mean pay were same as men’s.
Women are in lower-paying jobs

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