For Release: Thursday, January 28, 2021
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS INFORMATION OFFICE: Kansas City, Mo.
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Women’s Earnings in Missouri – 2019
In 2019, Missouri women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of
$786, or 78.0 percent of the $1,008 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the 2019 women’s-to-
men’s earnings ratio in Missouri’s decreased from 2018, down 2.7 percentage points. 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 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 2019 ratio was the lowest the state’s ratio has been since 2015. (Data for the 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 occu