10 Worst-Paying States for Women

November 3, 2012 by Susan Gunelius
Statistics, Facts & Research

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Do you live in one of the worst-paying states for women?

In 2011, the median weekly earnings for full-time working women was $684, compared to $832 for men (see Gender Wage Gap by the Numbers for details).  We also know that the gender wage gap starts immediately after college graduation, and in September 2012, Catalyst put together an interactive tool that enables anyone to learn how big the gender wage gap is in any state (see How Big Is the Gender Wage Gap in Your State? for details).

Now, 24/7 Wall St. conducted an analysis to identify the worst paying states for women. Which states are the top offenders? See for yourself. The statistics below represent the difference in full-time, year-round income between men and women as reported by 24/7 Wall St:

  1. Wyoming: Women earn $17,838 less than men. 33.3% gender wage gap
  2. Alaska: Women earn $15,285 less than men. 26.9% gender wage gap
  3. Louisiana: Women earn $15,130 less than men. 31.7% gender wage gap
  4. Utah: Women earn $15,094 less than men. 30.7% gender wage gap
  5. Washington: Women earn $13,979 less than men. 25.1% gender wage gap
  6. Massachusetts: Women earn $13,924  less than men. 22.7% gender wage gap
  7. Virginia: Women earn $13,459 less than men. 24.4% gender wage gap
  8. New Hampshire: Women earn $13,263 less than men. 24.0% gender wage gap
  9. West Virginia: Women earn $13,327 less than men. 30.2% gender wage gap
  10. North Dakota: Women earn $12,955 less than women. 27.7% gender wage gap

Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com, MSNBC.com, BusinessWeek.com, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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