For Release: Monday, December 16, 2019
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Women’s Earnings in New Jersey - 2018
In 2018, New Jersey women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings
of $933, or 81.3 percent of the $1,148 median usual weekly earnings for their male counterparts, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that the 2018
women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio in New Jersey was little changed from the previous year. Nationwide,
women earned $789 per week or 81.1 percent of the $973 median for men. (See 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 Jersey, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has ranged from a low of 74.3 percent in 2004 to a high of
84.8 percent in 2010. (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 2018 ranged
from $637 in Mississippi to $995 in Massachusetts. In addition to Massachusetts, women’s earnings in
Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and New Jersey were above $900 per week. In the District of
Columbia, women earned a median weekly wage of $1,259. (See table 1 and chart 2.)
Median weekly earnings for men were lowest in Arkansas at $809 and highest in Massachusetts at $1,170.
Five other states (Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Washington) had weekly wages
above $1,100 for full-time male workers. In the District of Columbia, men earned a median weekly wage of
California had the highest women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio among the states, 88.3 percent, and Wyoming had
the lowest, 67.8 percen