What's the Wage Gap in the States?

An analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the gender-based wage gap affects women in every corner of the country, and it's worse for women of color. On average, women employed full time in the United States lose a combined total of almost $900 billion every year due to the wage gap. These lost wages mean women and their families have less money to support themselves, save and invest for the future, and spend on goods and services. Families, businesses and the economy suffer as a result.

Hover over the map to see the gender-based wage gap by race and ethnicity in each state, in addition to spending power numbers. Data may take a moment to load. The map is best viewed from a desktop or tablet device.


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The map's saturation indicates the median difference in wages between women and men who work full time, year-round, from smallest to largest.

NOTE: Estimates of the wage gap for women of color compare wages paid to Latina, Black and Asian women who work full time, year-round, to white, non-Hispanic men in order to capture the interactive effect of both race and gender on wage inequities.

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