The Gender Wage Gap 2016: Earnings Differences by Race and Ethnicity

Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil., Emma Williams-Baron

March 7, 2017
  • ID: C454

The gender wage gap for weekly full-time workers in the United States narrowed slightly between 2015 and 2016. In 2016, the ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings was 81.9 percent, an increase of 0.8 percentage points since 2015, when the ratio was 81.1 percent, leaving a wage gap of 18.1 percentage points down from 19.9 percentage points in 2015. Women’s median weekly earnings for full-time work were $749 in 2016 compared with $915 for men. Adjusting for inflation, women’s earnings increased by 1.9 percent, while men’s earnings increased by 1.0 percent since 2015.