For Release: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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Women’s Earnings in New York – 2020
In 2020, New York women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of
$1,000, or 84.5 percent of the $1,183 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that the 2020
women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio of 84.5 percent compared to 83.8 percent in 2019. Nationwide, women
earned $891 per week, or 82.3 percent of the $1,082 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 important in
explaining earnings differences, such as job skills and responsibilities, work experience, and specialization.)
In New York, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has ranged from a low of 78.5 percent in 2000 to a high of
86.9 percent in 2015. (Data for the states began in 1997.)
Among the 50 states, median weekly earnings of women in full-time wage and salary positions in 2020 ranged
from $675 in Mississippi to $1,166 in Connecticut. Women’s earnings in five other states (Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia) and the District of Columbia were at or above $1,000 per
week. (See table 1 and chart 2.)
Median weekly earnings for men were lowest in Mississippi at $878 and highest in Massachusetts at $1,356.
Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia had weekly wages above $1,000 for full-time male workers.
Connecticut had the highest women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio among the states, 97.0 percent, and Utah had the
lowest, 72.7 percent. The District of Columbia had a ratio of 85.6 percent. (See chart 3.) The differences
among the states reflect, in part, variation in the occupations and industri