For Release: Wednesday, March 03, 2021
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Women’s Earnings in Massachusetts — 2019
In 2019, Massachusetts women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly
earnings of $1,012 or 86.5 percent of the $1,170 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner William J. Sibley noted that the 2019
women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio in Massachusetts compared to the 85.0 percent ratio from 2018. Nationwide,
women earned $821 per week or 81.5 percent of the $1,007 median for men. (See chart 1 and table 1.) The
earnings comparisons in this release are on a broad level and do not control for many factors that can be
significant in explaining earnings differences, such as job skills and responsibilities, work experience, and
In Massachusetts, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has ranged from a low of 74.8 percent in 2007 to a
high of 86.5 percent in 2019. Since 2010, the ratio has remained above 80.0 percent. (See chart 1. Data for the
states began in 1997.)
Among the 50 states, median weekly earnings of women in full-time wage and salary positions in 2019 ranged
from $669 in Mississippi to $1,017 in Maryland. In addition to Maryland, women’s earnings in Massachusetts
and the District of Columbia exceeded $1,000 per week. (See table 1 and chart 2 .)
Median weekly earnings for men were lowest in Mississippi at $830 and highest in New Jersey at $1,176.
Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia had weekly wages above $1,000 for full-time male workers.
Maryland had the highest women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio among the states, 89.1 percent, and Wyoming had
the lowest, 72.5 percent. The District of Columbia had a ratio of 90.7 percent. (See chart 3.) The differences
among the states reflect, in