Here’s the gender pay gap by state. Where did Pa. fall? | The Numbers Racket

The national earnings wage gap by sex in the United States was $10,150 in 2019, according to Census Bureau data

By: - March 28, 2022 7:18 am


The last edition of The Numbers Racket for the month of March delves into the gender pay gap, or the measure of what women are paid relative to their male counterparts in the United States. 

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, let’s take a closer look at the gender pay gap across the country and by state. 


While the numbers differ greatly by state, in 2019 – the most recent year for which data were  available – the national earnings wage gap by sex in the United States was $10,150, according to Census Bureau data shared earlier this month. 

In 2019, the median earnings for men who worked full-time, year-round over the last 12 months was $53,544. By comparison, women who worked full-time, year round for the last 12 months over the same time period made $43,394.

By State

The states with the highest gender pay gap are: 

  • Wyoming, Gap: $21,676 (Male earnings $59,196; Female earnings $37,520)
  • Utah, Gap: $17,303 (Male earnings $57,247; Female earnings $39,944)
  • District of Columbia, Gap: $16,032 (Male earnings $88,992; Female earnings $72,960)
  • Louisiana, Gap: $14,926 (Male earnings $51,976; Female earnings $37,050)
  • Washington, Gap: $14,609 (Male earnings $65,427; Female earnings $50,818)

The states with the lowest gender pay gap are: 

  • Puerto Rico, Gap: Not statistically different (Male earnings $22,804; Female earnings $23,478)
  • Vermont, Gap: $4,600 (Male earnings $51,241; Female earnings $46,641)
  • Nevada, Gap: $6,013 (Male earnings $46,841; Female earnings $40,828)
  • California, Gap: $7,162 (Male earnings $57,475; Female earnings $50,313)
  • Florida, Gap: $7,705 (Male earnings $45,187; Female earnings $37,482)


Falling somewhere in between, Pennsylvania’s gap is $11,396. In the Keystone state, male earnings total $55,367 while female earnings are $43,971.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.