Wage Gap Persists in 2016 — Despite Growth in Women’s Weekly Earnings and Gains for Black and Hispanic Women

A new fact sheet by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), released before International Women’s Day on March 8, finds that median weekly earnings for women increased by $14 dollars (or 1.9 percent) in 2016, compared with an increase of $9 (or 1.0 percent) for men. Men still earned significantly more than women—women’s median weekly earnings for full-time work were $749 in 2016, compared with $915 for men—but because women’s earnings grew more, the weekly gender earnings ratio increased to 81.9 percent in 2016 from 81.1 percent in 2015.

Median weekly earnings increased significantly for women of all major race/ethnic groups except for Asian women (whose earnings gains were small). Yet, this increase has not made a significant dent in large earnings disparities: Black women’s weekly earnings are only 68 percent of White men’s, and the median weekly earnings of Hispanic women—just 62 percent of White men’s—are so low that they would qualify a family of four for food stamps benefits.

Read coverage on the gender wage gap:

  • USA Today | “The pay gap could vanish for all women — sometime in the 23rd century” (March 13, 2017)
  • Jezebel | “Your Great Great Great Granddaughter Will Be Paid As Much As a Man” (March 13, 2017)
  • Teen Vogue | “Equal Pay For Women Won’t Happen Until the 23rd Century, Study Says” (March 14, 2017)

Read IWPR President Heidi Hartmann’s op-ed in Fortune, “Tesla’s Sexism Case Exposes This Overlooked Reason for the Gender Gap” (March 13, 2017)