America’s Women and the Wage Gap OCTOBER 2016 Nationally, the median annual pay for a woman who holds a full-time, year-round job is $40,742 while the median annual pay for a man who holds a full-time, year-round job is $51,212. This means that, overall, women in the United States are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to an annual gender wage gap of $10,470.
1 The wage gap can be even larger for women of color. For example, among women who hold full-time, year-round jobs in the United States, African American women are typically paid 63 cents and Latinos are paid just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
2 Asian women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, although some ethnic subgroups of Asian women fare much worse.
3 The wage gap also varies by state and congressional district but spans nearly all corners of the country. In Wyoming, for example, women are paid 64 cents for every dollar paid to men (a gap of 36 cents for every dollar), while in New York and Delaware, women are paid 89 cents for every dollar paid to men (a gap of 11 cents).
4 In 429 of the country’s 435 congressional districts (99 percent), the median yearly pay for women who work full time, year-round is less than the median yearly pay for men.
5 What Does the Wage Gap Mean for America’s Women? On average, women employed full time in the United States lose a combined total of more than $840 billion every year due to the wage gap.
6 These women, their families, businesses and the economy suffer as a result. Lost wages mean families have less money to save for the future or to spend on basic necessities – spending that helps drive the economy.