Gender Pay Gap Trending in the Right Direction, But Still Remains

Gender Pay Gap

The Pew Research Center published a new report that shows the pay gap between men and women in the workplace remains. Women make an average of $0.83 for every $1 a male counterpart earns, per data collected through 2015. 

Improvements have been made in the last 35 years, albeit very gradually. The average since 1980 is up from $0.64 on the dollar. There are indicators that the gap could close on a much faster pace than the 35-year climb that's led to this point. 

The gap for employees ages 25-to-34 sits at $0.90 to every $1, $0.07 higher than the overall average and an increase of $0.23 since 1980. A significant jump for a younger generation of full-time workers points to changing attitudes and improving opportunities as this issue gains more national attention. 

Different states also address the pay gap differently, perhaps best illustrated by the National Women's Law Center interactive map. The map shows average wages across all 50 states, with some of the best being California, Rhode Island, Florida, New York and North Carolina. Among the worst are Wyoming, Louisiana, Utah and West Virginia.