It’s been often said that women earn anywhere from 60%-80% of what a man’s salary is in the exact same position.
And while that particular line item has been debunked as being a gender rule and more along the lines of what happens when you look at overall averages and neglect to take into account that women temporarily leave the workforce to raise a family for a portion of the time that men continue to earn money — there is still some truth that some women do earn less than some men in particular careers.
So where should a woman live if she wants to minimize that GENDER PAY GAP? It ends up that there are SOME STATES ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS WHEN IT COMES TO COMPARABLE SALARIES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN.
Of the 50 states, researchers have determined that there are five different pay gaps between men’s salaries and women’s salaries:
- 69% and below
- 70% – 74%
- 75% – 79%
- 80% – 83%
- 84% and higher
Interesting that they could find 4% levels making enough of a statistical difference in displaying the data – but when they did this across the country, they found that certain states stood out in that 84% and higher area:
- Washington DC
- Puerto Rico (yeah, we know Puerto Rico isn’t a “state” like the others on this list, but they’re in the data so we’re counting it here.)
And the worst states for this gender gap?
- West Virginia
Where do you live, and do you see the same issues with gender pay in your area?