Washington 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 in Washington 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 wage gap in Washington changed over time?

How does the wage gap in Washington compare to the United States?

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

How does the wage gap vary by education in Washington?

Education refers to the highest level of schooling attained.

How does the wage gap vary by occupation in Washington?

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

About the Data

Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. The following tables are used:

• Median Earnings by Sex: Table B20002

• Median Earnings by Sex and Education: Table B20004

• Median Earnings by Sex and Occupation: Table B24022

This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.