U.S. Wage Gap Statistics

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The wage gap, also called the gender pay gap, is pervasive in the United States. Men make more than women in every state, at every education level, and in every major occupation category.  

The data here is from the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The ACS publishes estimates on median earnings each year—that is, income earned as wages, salaries, tips, and bonuses from work (or receipts minus expenses for self-employment). Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.

How has the U.S. wage gap changed over time?

How does the U.S. wage gap vary by educational attainment?

Education refers to the highest level of schooling attained.

Note: Use the time-slider beneath the chart to see data from different years.

How does the U.S. wage gap vary by occupation?

Occupation refers to the description of the kind of work an individual does on the job.