Women in the U.S. make 83 cents to the dollar men earn doing the same job.

That's $152 out of a weekly paycheck, which means she gets paid $7,904 less per year.

Wage gap calculated from 2014 median weekly earnings of full-time salary workers in the United States as per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unfair and Illegal

Over 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, on average women are still paid less than their male counterparts for doing comparable jobs in the U.S. — that's called the pay gap. It means that each time the average woman starts a new job, she's likely to start from a lower base salary than her male counterparts.

Just as interest compounds, so does the pay gap. As a woman moves from job to job during her career, the pay gap between her and her male colleagues is likely to become wider and wider.

Legal occupations and personal financial advisors suffer the largest gender pay gaps. Maids and housekeeping cleaners and food preparation workers have the smallest pay gaps.

43 more years

Unequal pay isn't just unfair, it's illegal. But unless men and women who have the same job discuss what they're getting paid, unequal pay can go unaddressed indefinitely. At the current pace, it will take until 2058 for women and men’s earnings to reach pay parity. Let's make it happen sooner.

Women make up nearly half of the labor force and mothers are the primary or co-breadwinners in the majority of families. When women aren't paid fairly, families suffer and the American economy suffers.

Narrow the Gap

Insist on equal pay for equal work in your and your loved ones' workplaces. Here's what you can do.

  • Get educated about Equal Pay and Compensation Discrimination.
  • Raise awareness about the pay gap. To start, tweet, like, share, +1, and blog a page from this site.
  • Talk to employees and employers you know about the pay gap, salary negotiation techniques, and equal pay laws.
  • Change the numbers by citing the numbers. Boatloads of data just like this is freely available from the U.S. Department of Labor and beyond.

Find out more

The Institute for Women's Policy Research's report The Status of Women in the States: 2015 Employment and Earnings (PDF, 52 pages)

Have the Talk

"Women work fewer hours than men so it follows they earn less."

The data set presented here only counts the salaries of full-time workers.

"Women choose lower-paying jobs so that's why there's a pay gap."

This data compares the salaries of women and men in the same jobs, from janitors to executives.

"Women don't negotiate their salary as aggressively as men so it's their fault there's a pay gap."

Better negotiation techniques can help close the wage gap, but the problem is multi-faceted and systemic.

"Women choose to stay home with their kids so they have less professional experience than men and thus should earn less."

Studies show the pay gap exists whether or not women have children.

"In a lot of jobs, there's no pay gap—and sometimes, women earn more than men."

Pay disparity does not exist in every occupation — but across all occupations, women consistently earn less at the same jobs.

Gina Trapani