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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

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Women’s Earnings In Illinois — 2018

In 2018, Illinois women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $831, or 77.7 percent of the $1,069 median usual weekly earnings for their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that the 2018 women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio in Illinois was little changed from the previous year. Nationwide, women earned $789 per week or 81.1 percent of the $973 median for men. (See 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. (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 2018 ranged from $637 in Mississippi to $995 in Massachusetts. In addition to Massachusetts, women’s earnings in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and New Jersey were above $900 per week. In the District of Columbia, women earned a median weekly wage of $1,259. (See table 1 and chart 2.)

Median weekly earnings for men were lowest in Arkansas at $809 and highest in Massachusetts at $1,170. Five other states (Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Washington) had weekly wages above $1,100 for full-time male workers. In the District of Columbia, men earned a median weekly wage of $1,445.

California had the highest women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio among the states, 88.3 percent, and Wyoming had the lowest, 67.8 percent. The District of Columbia had a ratio of 87.1 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. In addition, sampling error for state estimates is considerably larger than it is for the national estimates. Consequently, earnings comparisons between states should be made with caution.


Technical Note

The estimates in this release were obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), which provides information on the labor force, employment, and unemployment. The survey is conducted monthly for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by the U.S. Census Bureau using a scientifically selected national sample of about 60,000 eligible households representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey data on earnings are based on one-fourth of the CPS monthly sample and are limited to wage and salary workers. All self-employed workers, both incorporated and unincorporated, are excluded from the data presented in this release.

Statistics based on the CPS data are subject to both sampling and nonsampling error. Further information about the reliability of data from the CPS is available on the CPS Technical Documentation page of the BLS website.

The principal concepts and definitions used in connection with the earnings data in this release are described briefly below.

Usual weekly earnings reflect earnings before taxes and other deductions and include any overtime pay, commissions, or tips usually received (at the main job in the case of multiple jobholders). Respondents are asked to identify the easiest way for them to report earnings (hourly, weekly, biweekly, twice monthly, monthly, annually, or other) and how much they usually earn in the reported time period. Earnings reported on a basis other than weekly are converted to a weekly equivalent. The term “usual” is determined by each respondent’s own understanding of the term.

The median of usual weekly earnings reflects the midpoint in a given earnings distribution, with half of workers having earnings above the median and the other half having earnings below the median.

Wage and salary workers are people age 16 and older who receive wages, salaries, commissions, tips, payments in kind, or piece rates on their sole or principal job. This group includes employees in both the public and private sectors. All self-employed workers are excluded whether or not their businesses are incorporated.

Full-time workers are defined for the purposes of these estimates as those who usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or principal job.

For more information on the median weekly earnings of women and men, see Bureau of Labor Statistics Report 1083, Highlights of women’s earnings in 2018, available at www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-earnings/2018/.           

Information in this release will be available to sensory impaired individuals upon request: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by state, 2018 annual averages
StateTotalWomenMenWomen’s
earnings as a
percentage
of men’s
Number of
workers
(in thou-
sands)
Median
weekly
earnings
Standard
error of
median
Number of
workers
(in thou-
sands)
Median
weekly
earnings
Standard
error of
median
Number of
workers
(in thou-
sands)
Median
weekly
earnings
Standard
error of
median

United States

115,567$886$251,425$789$364,142$973$381.1

Alabama

1,65880518749688239109222374.6

Alaska

25197218113857291381,0814179.3

Arizona

2,404826121,062762171,3429102683.7

Arkansas

99173913462681165298092284.2

California

13,53693495,800876127,7369921288.3

Colorado

2,14497517922908181,2211,0693684.9

Connecticut

1,3301,02923597923367331,1402981.0

Delaware

36688220174789281929821380.3

District of Columbia

3151,355231601,259251551,4453587.1

Florida

7,25178683,35771693,8948671382.6

Georgia

3,812831151,749744152,0639192181.0

Hawaii

49788916234797232639653182.6

Idaho

58178813234702173488831779.5

Illinois

4,606943122,049831162,5571,0692177.7

Indiana

2,517824141,092726211,4259102879.8

Iowa

1,17285814523753176499772777.1

Kansas

1,06083618467753215939082482.9

Kentucky

1,51177215691696208208472482.2

Louisiana

1,49880819690698198089182176.0

Maine

45087619209814212419343487.2

Maryland

2,3531,042301,085950391,2681,1473582.8

Massachusetts

2,7041,080241,231995171,4731,1702285.0

Michigan

3,436902111,483811171,9529871782.2

Minnesota

2,0831,02218948937321,1351,0964385.5

Mississippi

96573413458637195068312376.7

Missouri

2,190868191,013763241,1779462880.7

Montana

33082516143722191879182278.6

Nebraska

70383016318747173869312680.2

Nevada

1,15477511501720136538271687.1

New Hampshire

53299720234898212981,1044181.3

New Jersey

3,3211,034151,487933161,8341,1482081.3

New Mexico

65878821293711243658732581.4

New York

6,994928103,230849103,7649931485.5

North Carolina

3,679815111,700739131,9798851383.5

North Dakota

28388917122749161611,0132473.9

Ohio

4,042873111,822764122,2209651779.2

Oklahoma

1,33882815579712177609461975.3

Oregon

1,37290013598808197749853282.0

Pennsylvania

4,465909121,991804122,4749981580.6

Rhode Island

38994229181781282081,0883271.8

South Carolina

1,69282218773739139199222180.2

South Dakota

31280311143731111698841482.7

Tennessee

2,357792161,051719141,3068942180.4

Texas

10,16882494,36273985,8069181380.5

Utah

1,03687913394729156411,0161871.8

Vermont

23390119105821251289542486.1

Virginia

3,276948151,464851211,8121,0693579.6

Washington

2,6851,019201,114860291,5711,1402175.4

West Virginia

57577115259662163168792475.3

Wisconsin

2,10189214933795201,1689851980.7

Wyoming

1908801777708161121,0443567.8

Note: In general, the sampling error for the state estimates is considerably larger than it is for the national estimates; thus, comparisons of state estimates should be made with caution. Data shown are based on workers’ state of residence; workers’ reported earnings, however, may or may not be from a job located in the same state.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, January 08, 2020