AUGUST 2012: Gender Wage Gap by the Numbers
According to the August 2012 Women’s Earnings and Income report from Catalyst:
- The median annual earnings for full-time, year-round women workers in 2010 was $36,931 compared to $47,715 for men.
- In 2011, the median weekly earnings for full-time working women was $684, compared to $832 for men.
- In 2011, the median weekly earnings for women in full-time management, professional, and related occupations was $941, compared to $1,269 for men.
- In 2009, of the 32,280,000 dual-career couples, wives earned more than their husbands 28.9% of the time, up from 17.8% of the 29,755,000 dual-career couples in 1987.
- In 2010, full-time working married women with spouses present had median usual weekly earnings of $727, somewhat higher than never married women ($591) or women of other marital status (divorced, separated, or widowed – $653).
- In 2010, married men with spouses present had median usual weekly earnings of $939, significantly higher than never married men ($608) or men of other marital status ($774).
- Based on median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, women earned 77.4% of men’s earnings in 2010.
- Based on the median weekly earnings for full-time workers, (which excludes self-employed and full-time workers who work only part of the year), in 2011 women earned 82.2% as much as men. In 1979, women earned 62.3% as much as men.
- The earnings difference between women and men varies with age, with younger women more closely approaching pay equity than older women (2010, median weekly earnings), for full-time wage and salary workers.
- The gender wage gap also varies by industry. The biggest wage gap in the U.S. is in the Financial Activities industry, with women earning 70.5 cents for every dollar men make.