For Release: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS INFORMATION OFFICE: Kansas City, Mo.
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Women’s Earnings in Missouri – 2020
In 2020, Missouri women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of
$807, or 78.7 percent of the $1,026 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the 2020 women’s-to-
men’s earnings ratio of 78.7 percent compared to 78.0 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 Missouri, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has ranged from a low of 73.5 percent in 2000 to a high of
80.8 percent in 1998. The state’s ratio has remained below the U.S. ratio starting in 2003. (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