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Puerto Rico only place in US where men and women make the same median salary

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Story at a glance

  • The gendered difference in median earnings among U.S. workers employed full-time last year was around $10,000.
  • But the disparity disappeared in Puerto Rico where there was little difference in median income for men and women.
  • Yet earnings in Puerto Rico represent the lowest among all U.S. states and territories.

New Census Bureau data shows there is only one place in the U.S. where men and women are paid the same: Puerto Rico. 

The gendered difference in median earnings among U.S. workers employed full-time last year was around $10,000, with men raking in a median income of $53,554.  

But the disparity disappeared in Puerto Rico where there was little difference in earnings. Both men and women in Puerto Rico’s workforce held a median income of roughly $23,000 last year.  

Yet earnings in Puerto Rico represent the lowest among all U.S. states and territories.  

The data was collected using the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), and a new tool on the agency’s website allows users to search their own state’s pay gap via interactive digital map. 

Several states and territories, including Wyoming, Washington, D.C, and Utah eclipsed the average wage disparity by more than $15,000.  


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Top jobs for men last year included truck drivers and retail managers while the highest wage earners among women were registered nurses, elementary and middle school teachers, and secretaries and executive administrative assistance in select fields. 

Meanwhile, the bureau noted several factors, such as education level, time worked, children, among factors that might influence the gendered income disparity. 

Overall, women in the U.S. workforce earned 83 cents on the dollar compared to men the previous year, but there are signs that the gap is closing. Equal Pay Day, marking how long into a respective year women need to work to match what men made the previous year, will hit its earliest mark ever on March 15.


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