You’ve probably heard that American women make 77 cents for each dollar made by American men, but where they live makes a big difference — a spread of 21 cents between Vermont and Wyoming. You can look up your home state on this chart.
One surprise to me: Half of the southeastern states, including Georgia and North Carolina, were in the top half of the results. Some northern states, like Michigan and Pennsylvania, were near the bottom. So was New Hampshire, a neighboring state to top-ranked Vermont.
For my international readers, sorry, only listed U.S. figures are listed.
I was happy to see that Florida, where I live, is near the top. One of the two authors of the article says it's because the state is "hospitality-heavy" and the jobs favor women. He doesn't explain that, but he probably means that the work is highly seasonal, and temporary jobs and flexible hours allow women to earn some money while taking care of families. He does say that "states where women hold a greater percentage of management jobs seem to have a smaller pay gap."
Interestingly, one of the two co-authors of the article isn't even sure the wage gap is a useful measure.
As posted by the Public Religion Research Institute.