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Pay Gap and Average Salary Statistics by State

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You may have heard of the gender pay gap, which is the difference in the wages men and women receive for doing the same work. But did you know that looking at average salary statistics by state shows a wide variety in the size of that pay gap, depending on where you live and build your career?

The three states (or districts) with the most gender equity for salaries are Washington, D.C.; Vermont and Maryland. You may find that the best jobs for women are there, at least when considering equal treatment in pay. The worst state salary differentials are found in Wyoming, Louisiana and Utah, so bear that in mind before moving your career to one of those jurisdictions.

Some people argue that the gender pay gap relates to the choices women make about work-life balance, time out of the workforce or the careers we choose. But the American Association of University Women has analyzed these average salary statistics and adjusted for any possible factor, only to find a stubborn gender pay gap remains of 5 percent to 12 percent, depending on age. The most logical explanation for this difference is simple pay discrimination, whether deliberate or subconscious on the part of employers.

Regardless, it's worthwhile understanding whether what you currently get as salary in New York is going to be better or worse than what you could receive when looking at Florida salaries, Illinois salaries or California salaries. And have you considered the Ohio salary, Massachusetts salary, Texas salary or New Jersey salary differentials? Check out the full ranking of states from the smallest gender pay gap to the largest one. (The closer the pay ratio is to 100 percent, the smaller the gender pay gap in that state.)

Source: the American Association of University Women

Median Annual Earnings and Pay Gap

State Men's pay Women's pay Pay ratio
1. Washington, D.C. $66,760 $60,332 90%
2. Vermont $44,057 $38,177 87%
3. Maryland $56,708 $48,748 86%
4. Nevada $41,803 $35,484 85%
5. California $49,281 $41,817 85%
6. Rhode Island $48,842 $41,412 85%
7. Arizona $42,544 $36,048 85%
8. New York $50,388 $42,113 84%
9. Florida $40,951 $33,823 83%
10. Arkansas $37,488 $30,752 82%
11. Hawaii $45,494 $37,242 82%
12. Texas $43,160 $35,301 82%
13. Georgia $43,902 $35,438 81%
14. Delaware $50,411 $40,500 80%
15. Tennessee $41,309 $33,184 80%
16. Minnesota $50,580 $40,416 80%
17. North Carolina $41,950 $33,459 80%
18. Nebraska $42,182 $33,424 79%
19. Colorado $50,987 $40,236 79%
20. New Mexico $41,037 $32,316 79%
21. Maine $43,944 $34,599 79%
22. Kentucky $41,612 $32,684 79%
23. Missouri $43,146 $33,865 78%
24. Oregon $45,976 $36,027 78%
25. Connecticut $60,705 $47,476 78%
26. New Jersey $60,568 $47,155 78%
27. South Dakota $40,285 $31,329 78%
28. Wisconsin $46,214 $35,890 78%
29. Virginia $52,805 $40,969 78%
30. Alaska $52,379 $40,550 77%
31. Ohio $46,176 $35,746 77%
32. Iowa $43,624 $33,745 77%
33. New Hampshire $53,033 $41,021 77%
34. Pennsylvania $47,956 $37,089 77%
35. Washington $53,046 $40,993 77%
36. Illinois $50,746 $39,150 77%
37. Massachusetts $60,264 $46,185 77%
38. Kansas $43,993 $33,269 76%
39. South Carolina $41,464 $31,330 76%
40. Oklahoma $41,420 $31,274 76%
41. Indiana $45,183 $34,023 75%
42. Idaho $41,528 $31,238
75%
43. Montana $41,635 $31,067 75%
44. Alabama $42,951 $31,862 74%
45. Michigan $50,053 $36,931 74%
46. Mississippi $40,202 $29,548 73%
47. North Dakota $44,660 $32,462 73%
48. West Virginia $42,125 $29,688 70%
49. Utah $47,573 $32,843 69%
50. Louisiana $46,313 $31,844 69%
51. Wyoming $51,630 $34,381 67%
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