For Release: Thursday, February 18, 2021
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Women’s Earnings In North Carolina – 2019
In 2019, North Carolina women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly
earnings of $770, or 83.7 percent of the $920 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 83.7 percent compared to 83.5 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.)
In North Carolina, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has ranged from a low of 75.6 percent in 1999 to a
high of 88.4 percent in 2009. The state’s ratio has remained above 80 percent since 2003. (Data for states
began in 1997.)
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