The Gender Wage Gap: 2013; Differences by Race and Ethnicity, No Growth in Real Wages for Women

Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil., Claudia Williams, Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., Stephanie Aaronson

March 13, 2014
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The gender wage gap in the United States has not seen significant improvement in recent years, and remains a reality for women across racial and ethnic groups. In 2013, the ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings was 82.1 percent, an increase of more than one percentage point since 2012,when the ratio was 80.9 percent (but still slightly lower than the 2011 ratio of 82.2 percent). This corresponds to a weekly gender wage gap of 17.9 percent. Real earnings have remained largely unchanged since 2012; women’s median weekly earnings increased by $5 to $706 in 2013; men’s median weekly earnings increased to $860, a marginal increase of $7 compared with 2012.