Bureau of Labor Statistics

Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s, 2008

October 14, 2009

In 1979, women working full time earned 62 percent of what men did; in 2008, women's earnings were 80 percent of men's.

Women's earnings as a percent of men's, by race and ethnicity, 1979–2008
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Women who worked full time in wage and salary jobs had median usual weekly earnings of $638 in 2008. This represented 80 percent of men's median weekly earnings ($798).

Earnings of Asian ($753) and white ($654) women were substantially higher than the earnings of their black ($554) and Hispanic ($501) counterparts. Women's-to-men's earnings ratios were higher among blacks (89 percent) and Hispanics (90 percent) than among whites (79 percent) and Asians (78 percent).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2009 Edition), BLS Report 1018, September 2009.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s, 2008 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20091014.htm (visited November 29, 2021).


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