For Release: Monday, October 16, 2017
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Women’s Earnings in New Jersey - 2016
In 2016, New Jersey women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings
of $894 or 80.3 percent of the $1,113 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 2016
women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio in New Jersey declined 2.9 percentage points from 2015. Nationwide,
women earned $749 per week or 81.9 percent of the $915 median for men. (See table 1. Earnings in this report
do not control for many factors that can be significant in explaining earnings differences.)
In New Jersey, the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings 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 2016 ranged
from $624 in Mississippi to $932 in Massachusetts. In addition to Massachusetts, women’s earnings in
Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey were above $875 per week. In the District of Columbia, women
earned a median weekly wage of $1,117. (See table 1 and chart 2.)
Median weekly earnings for men were lowest in Arkansas at $769 and highest in Connecticut at $1,164. Two
other states (Massachusetts 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 $1,274.
Vermont had the highest women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio among the states, 90.2 percent, and Utah had the
lowest, 69.9 percent. The District of Columbia had a ratio of 87.7 percent. (See chart 3.) The differences
among the states reflect, in part, variation in the occupations and industries found in each state and