For Release: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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Women’s Earnings In Illinois — 2019
In 2019, Illinois women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of
$886, or 80.0 percent of the $1,108 median usual weekly earnings for their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the 2019 women’s-to-
men’s earnings ratio compared to 77.7 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 significant in explaining earnings differences,
such as job skills and responsibilities, work experience, and specialization.)
In Illinois, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has ranged from a low of 72.0 percent in 1997 to a high of
86.2 percent in 2014. (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 occupations and industries found in each state and differences
in the demographic composition of each state’s labor force.