Financial Education Curriculum


The Gender Wage Gap: 2017

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financial status and behavior, general population, gender, economic barriers, financial education, gender wealth gap


The ratio of women’s and men’s median annual earnings was 80.5 percent for full-time/year-round workers in 2017, unchanged since 2016. This means a gender wage gap for full-time/year-round workers of 19.5 percent. Women’s median full-time, year-round earnings in 2017 were $41,977 compared with $52,146 for men; both women’s and men’s earnings were 1.1 percent lower in 2017 than in 2016.

If the pace of change in the annual earnings ratio continues at the same rate as it has since 1960, it will take another 41 years, until 2059, for men and women to reach parity.