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Gender Wage Gap - 78 cents on the dollar

Gender Wage Gap - 78 cents on the dollar

How large is the gender wage gap? - 78 cents on the dollar. Women earn about 78 cents to a man's dollar according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The wage gap persists even after narrowing it down to specific occupations. For example, in retail sales, women earn 70 cents to the dollar. Here is another example. 70% of the elementary and middle school teachers are women. Yet, the women teachers earn about 87 cents to the male teacher's dollar. Male teachers earn a median of $1,096 a week whereas women earn $956.

The wage gap exists irrespective of level of education. There is a 7% wage gap between male and female college grads a year after graduation, even when factoring in college majors, occupation, age and geographical location according to a study by the American Association of University Women.

The wage gap gets considerably worse for minority women. African-American women make 64 cents and Hispanic women make 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white male.

It gets worse. Not only is the gender gap not improving, it is actually growing in certain job sectors of our economy. For tech jobs, a female in a tech director role earns $40,000 less per year (yes, that is 40k, not 4k) than a man with the same exact job title.

The law does provide remedies for unequal pay based on gender. We represent women who have been denied equal pay.


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