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May 26, 2010

In Which States Do Women Earn the Most Money?

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According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report women across the country still earn significantly less than male employees…20% less in fact. But that wage gap differs a lot around the country.  Washington D.C. comes in with the smallest gap.  Women in the District of Columbia make 92.2% of men.  That’s likely attributable to the large number of government jobs available.

D.C. is followed by Maryland, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.   Southern and western states have the highest pay gaps.  Women in Mississippi experience the highest gap and earn 75% of males.

Additionally, a U.S. Census Bureau study Women, Men, and the New Economics of Marriage, has found that in 2007, 22% of women earned more than their husbands, that’s up from only 4% in 1970.  Wives’ educational levels have also increased.

In 1970 20% of women had more education than their spouses.  That increased to 28% in 2007.  Just 19% of men had more education than their wives in 2007 vs. 28% in 1970.

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