The Lifetime Wage Gap, State by State

Source: National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), 2016

Based on today’s wage gap, women would lose $430,480 over the course of a 40-year career. For Latinas the career losses mount to $1,007,080, and for African American women the losses are $877,480. If we don’t act to close the wage gap, a woman just starting out today stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of her career, undercutting her ability to provide for herself and her family, as well as her retirement security.

This “lifetime wage gap” exists across the country: in every state, women’s career losses based on today’s wage gap would amount to about one-quarter of a million dollars or more — and in seven states women’s career losses would amount to more than half a million dollars.

The situation is even worse for women of color. Compared to the earnings of white, non-Hispanic men, the lifetime wage gap would amount to more than $1 million for Asian American women in one state, for African American women in six states, for Native American women in 13 states, and for Latinas in 23 states.

Want to see where your state ranks? Click on a state below to see its lifetime wage gap for women overall, African American women, Latinas, Asian American women, and Native American women.