For Release: Thursday, February 18, 2021
SOUTHEAST INFORMATION OFFICE: Atlanta, Ga.
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Women’s Earnings in Mississippi – 2019
In 2019, Mississippi women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings
of $669, or 80.6 percent of the $830 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the 2019 women’s-to-
men’s earnings ratio of 80.6 percent compared to 76.7 percent in 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 important in explaining earnings
differences, such as job skills and responsibilities, work experience, and specialization.)
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 part, variation in the occupations and industries found in each state and differences
in the demographic composition of each state’s labor force. In addition, sampling error for state estimates is
considerably larger than it is for the national estimates. Consequently, earnings comparison