Wage Equality State By State

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According to the Census Bureau, median household income fell by $1,500 last year, a drop of 2.9%. However, if you’re lucky enough to still be working full time, your earnings went up slightly, and women’s earnings went up more than men’s:

For full-time, year-round workers, the 2009 ACS median earnings for women were 78.2 percent of men’s earnings […] and the ratio of women’s earnings to men’s earnings was up from 77.7 percent….At 88.2 percent, the District of Columbia was among the highest ratios of women’s to men’s earnings. Wyoming, at 65.5 percent, was among the lowest.

The map below shows how each state fares when it comes to gender equality in wages.

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