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FiveThirtyEight Shows Pennsylvania Has Larger Gender Wage Gap Than National Average

moneyApril 8 was Equal Pay Day, calculated by the number of extra days women need to work to earn the same average paycheck that men did in 2013. This year, women needed to work an extra 98 days to get to the national average. But in Pennsylvania, they’d have to work even longer.

Last week, on Equal Pay Day, FiveThirtyEight highlighted statistics from the National Women’s Law Center that ranks Pennsylvania 40th in the size of the gender wage gap, including numbers for D.C.

In Pennsylvania, the average woman earns an annual salary of $37,414, according to 2012 data, while the average man brings home $49,330. This equates to a 24.2-cent wage gap. In other words, women in Pennsylvania in 2012 earned 75.8 percent of every dollar men did.

Compared with national data, Pennsylvania’s wage gap is 0.7 percent worse than the national average. Nationally, in 2012, women earned an average of $37,791 compared to men’s $49,398, coming out to a 23.5-cent wage gap.

The smallest wage gap, by comparison, lies in the District of Columbia, where there was just a 9.9-cent difference between male and female average earnings in 2012. By far the largest wage gap was in Wyoming, where women earned 63.8 cents for every dollar made by men in 2012.

Within the article, as well, FiveThirtyEight confirms the statistic commonly used by the White House, that women earn nearly 77 cents of every dollar men make, but explains that the figure “misses a lot of nuance.” It doesn’t take into account such factors like men frequently working more hours and men often being overrepresented in higher-paying industries, the article reports.

“It also doesn’t explain it,” FiveThirtyEight continues about the 77-cent figure. “Do women go into lower-paying sectors because they prefer them, or because employers discriminate against them? Do women stay home with the kids because of cultural norms, or because of the way parental leave policies are set up?”

Still, FiveThirtyEight concludes that the 77-cent figure is, at the very least, “a good starting point.”

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “FiveThirtyEight Shows Pennsylvania Has Larger Gender Wage Gap Than National Average”

  1. Maria in Pgh says:

    @ bobguzzardi, http://www.dol.gov/wb/media/pay_secrecy.pdf “Pay secrecy policies serve to perpetuate these disparities. In 2010, nearly half of all workers nationally reported that they were either contractually forbidden or strongly discouraged from discussing their pay with their colleagues, according to results from a 2010 Institute for
    Women’s Policy Research/Rockefeller Survey of Economic
    Security.”

    Personally, a few years back I only found out that my male Co-PR Director was making $10,000 more than me because I accidentally saw a pay stub. And, I was also the Corporate Communications Director. Yes, I went to the CEO and got a raise and a bonus, but I never would have known the difference without that happy accident.

  2. New_Liberal_Lion says:

    @ Bob Guzzardi

    Yeah I can. Vocelli Pizza Delmont,Pa. Two shift managers. One man the other a woman. The man makes over $30,000 a year and is talking about buying a house while the woman is living paycheck to paycheck.

    Furthermore this employer engages in “recording without consent” of its own employees with hidden cameras and has been skimming this business for years. Every single republican snob I know has done this to get out of paying royalties and taxes.

    Bringing this subject up around tax time isn’t a good idea for Politics Pa. or any republican looking to one-up any Democratic blogger on here.

  3. bobguzzardi says:

    Can you name an employer who violated the “equal pay for equal work” law?

    “Equal pay for equal work” is a law that, as far as I know, is enforced and every employer I know follows it because it makes sense. To pay unequally could only lead to lower morale.

    Can you name an employer who does not pay ANY employees equally for equal work?

  4. Bev Teague says:

    Stop wage discrimination against women.

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