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Here are the states with the highest and lowest gender wage gap

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Story at a glance

  • A tool on the Census Bureau’s website allows users to search their own state’s pay gap via interactive digital map and view the states with the highest and lowest median income differences.
  • Wyoming has the highest wage gap at $21,676.
  • Outside of Puerto Rico, Vermont had the lowest gendered wage gap.

New Census Bureau data shows a continued disparity in the median annual income of men and women in the U.S. workforce.  

The gendered difference in median earnings among U.S. workers employed full-time last year was around $10,000, with men earning a median income of $53,554, according to data from Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey (ACS).  

Several states and territories, including Wyoming, Washington, D.C, and Utah, have a gendered wage disparity of more than $15,000. Meanwhile, workers in Puerto Rico experienced no significant gender difference in pay while earning lowest median wages in the U.S.  

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Overall, women in the U.S. workforce earned 83 cents on the dollar compared to men. 

A tool on the Census Bureau’s website allows users to search their own state’s pay gap via interactive digital map and view the states with the highest and lowest median income differences.  

Here’s a breakdown. 

Highest 

  1. Wyoming: $21,676
  2. Utah: $17,303
  3. Washington, D.C.,: $16,032
  4. Louisiana: $14,926
  5. Washington: $14,609

Lowest (outside of Puerto Rico) 

  1. Vermont: $4,600
  2. Nevada: $6,013
  3. Hawaii: $7,022
  4. California: $7,162
  5. Maryland: $7,594

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