Indiana among worst states in the nation for gender pay gap

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Indiana has the 44th worst gender pay gap in the country, according to a new study.

The Northwest indiana Times reports that for every dollar a man earns in the Hoosier state, a woman makes just 75 cents, which is below the national average and near the bottom of the country. Those statistics are from a study by that crunched federal American Community Survey data.

The study found the median earnings of male workers in Indiana over the age of 16 was $50,774 while the median income of female workers over 16 was $38,031 in 2018, the most recent year for which data was available. Women earned on average only 74.9% of what men did.

Over the past decade, the gender pay gap in Indiana has, however, improved by 3.1%, according to, an online resource for small and mid-sized businesses. Michigan finished 34th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, with women earning 78.7% as much as men, on average.

The state that finished best in the survey, California, has female workers over the age of 16 earning on average 88.1% as much as men in 2018. Louisiana finished worst, with women earning on average only 69.5% as much as their male coworkers.

Nationwide, the average for women was 80.1%. The study does suggest that this does represent a slight improvement over the last decade, with the exception of a widening of the gap in 2016.


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