For Release: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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Women’s Earnings in Alaska – 2017
In 2017, Alaska women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of
$883 or 81.0 percent of the $1,090 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that
the 2017 women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio in Alaska fell from 2016, down 1.9 percentage points. Nationwide,
women earned $770 per week or 81.8 percent of the $941 median for men. (See table 1. Earnings in this
release do not control for many factors that can be significant in explaining earnings differences.)
In Alaska, the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings has ranged from a low of 70.9 percent in both 1998 and
1999 to a high of 82.9 percent in 2016. The ratio has been above 80.0 percent the past two years. (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 2017 ranged
from $643 in Mississippi to $971 in Massachusetts. In addition to Massachusetts, women’s earnings in Alaska,
Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey were above $875 per week. In the District of Columbia, women
earned a median weekly wage of $1,191. (See table 1 and chart 2.)
Median weekly earnings for men were lowest in New Mexico at $771 and highest in Massachusetts at $1,204.
Three other states (Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey) had weekly wages above $1,100 for full-time
male workers. In the District of Columbia, men earned a median weekly wage of $1,385.
New Mexico had the highest women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio among the states, 90.9 percent, and Wyoming
had the lowest, 71.6 percent. The District of Columbia had a ratio of 86.0 percent. (See chart 3.) The
differences among t