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March 11, 2014

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Women’s Earnings in Missouri – 2012

In 2012, Missouri women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median weekly earnings of $660 or 78.5 percent of the $841 median weekly earnings for their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that the women’s to men’s earnings ratio in Missouri increased 3.8 percentage points since 2011. Nationwide, women earned $691 or 80.9 percent of the $854 median for men. (See table 1. Earnings in this report do not control for many factors that can be significant in explaining earnings differences.)  

In Missouri, the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings has ranged from a high of 80.8 percent in 1998, the only time the state recorded a ratio above 80 percent since 1997, to a low of 73.5 percent in 2000. (See chart 1.)

 Chart 1. Women’s earnings as a percent of men’s, full-time wage and salary workers, Missouri and the United States, 1997-2012, annual averages

Among the 50 states, median weekly earnings of women in full-time wage and salary positions in 2012 ranged from $566 in Montana to $868 in Connecticut. States with the highest wages for women were located along the Eastern Seaboard. In addition to Connecticut, women’s earnings in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey were also above $800 per week. (See table 1 and chart 2.)

Across the nation, median weekly earnings for men were lowest in Arkansas at $717 and highest in Connecticut at $1,127. Four of the five highest paying states for full-time male workers (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland) were located along the Eastern Seaboard. The sole exception was on the West Coast—Alaska. (See table 1.)

The ratio of female-to-male earnings in 2012 varied across the nation, ranging from 65.5 percent in Wyoming to 86.8 percent in Arizona. (See table 1.) Two other states recorded ratios above 85.0 percent—California at 86.0 percent and Maryland at 85.2 percent. (See chart 3.) The differences among the states reflect, in part, variation in the occupations and industries found in each state and in the age composition of each state’s labor force. In addition, comparisons by sex are on a broad level and do not control for factors such as educational attainment which can be significant in explaining earnings differences.

For more information on the median weekly earnings of women and men, see Bureau of Labor Statistics Report 1045, Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2012, issued in October 2013; copies are available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cps/cpswom2012.pdf. Information in this release is also available to sensory impaired individuals. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.


Technical Note

The estimates in this report were obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), which provides a wide range of information on the labor force, employment, and unemployment. This survey is conducted monthly for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau, using a national sample of about 60,000 households, with coverage in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The earnings data are collected from one-fourth of the CPS monthly sample.

Statistics based on the CPS data are subject to both sampling and nonsampling error. The differences among data for the states reflect, in part, variations in the occupation, industry, and age composition of each state’s labor force. In addition, sampling error for the state estimates is considerably larger than it is for the national data.

The principal definitions used in connection with the earnings series in this release are described below.

Usual weekly earnings. Data represent 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.)

Median weekly earnings. The median is the amount which divides a given earnings distribution into two equal groups, one having earnings above the median and the other having earnings below the median.

Wage and salary workers. Workers who receive wages, salaries, commissions, tips, payment in kind, or piece rates. The group includes employees in both the private and public sectors but, for the purposes of the earnings series, excludes all self-employed persons, regardless of whether or not their businesses are incorporated.

Full-time worker. Workers who usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or principal job.

Table 1. Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by state and sex, 2012 annual averages
State Both sexes Women Men Women's earnings as a percent of men's
Number of workers (thousands) Median weekly earnings Standard error of median Number of workers (thousands) Median weekly earnings Standard error of median Number of workers (thousands) Median weekly earnings Standard error of median

United States

102,749 768.0 2.0 45,462 691.0 3.0 57,286 854.0 4.0 80.9

Alabama

1,522 724.0 14.0 683.0 620.0 15.0 839.0 812.0 27.0 76.4

Alaska

248.0 888.0 16.0 110.0 757.0 14.0 138.0 1,025 27.0 73.9

Arizona

1,969 732.0 9.0 878.0 670.0 14.0 1,090 772.0 18.0 86.8

Arkansas

971.0 651.0 15.0 438.0 603.0 10.0 534.0 717.0 21.0 84.1

California

11,570 820.0 10.0 4,890 754.0 9.0 6,680 877.0 12.0 86.0

Colorado

1,714 850.0 18.0 725.0 750.0 15.0 989.0 958.0 24.0 78.3

Connecticut

1,178 988.0 22.0 519.0 868.0 29.0 659.0 1,127 40.0 77.0

Delaware

309.0 807.0 20.0 146.0 737.0 20.0 163.0 888.0 36.0 83.0

District of Columbia

276.0 1,102 37.0 138.0 1,072 43.0 138.0 1,131 38.0 94.8

Florida

6,299 735.0 6.0 2,992 676.0 9.0 3,307 796.0 13.0 84.9

Georgia

3,287 737.0 13.0 1,503 640.0 17.0 1,784 838.0 26.0 76.4

Hawaii

430.0 753.0 14.0 192.0 689.0 16.0 238.0 839.0 35.0 82.1

Idaho

478.0 706.0 13.0 187.0 614.0 11.0 291.0 785.0 15.0 78.2

Illinois

4,368 809.0 11.0 1,958 708.0 13.0 2,411 895.0 16.0 79.1

Indiana

2,158 716.0 14.0 936.0 632.0 16.0 1,221 809.0 19.0 78.1

Iowa

1,096 744.0 14.0 491.0 654.0 17.0 605.0 823.0 20.0 79.5

Kansas

988.0 738.0 14.0 428.0 649.0 14.0 560.0 825.0 22.0 78.7

Kentucky

1,414 663.0 12.0 644.0 596.0 13.0 770.0 733.0 18.0 81.3

Louisiana

1,449 676.0 18.0 637.0 573.0 17.0 812.0 796.0 20.0 72.0

Maine

423.0 741.0 13.0 191.0 654.0 25.0 232.0 823.0 25.0 79.5

Maryland

2,198 921.0 20.0 1,056 842.0 23.0 1,141 988.0 27.0 85.2

Massachusetts

2,167 935.0 12.0 980.0 840.0 19.0 1,187 1,040 28.0 80.8

Michigan

2,876 783.0 14.0 1,237 687.0 18.0 1,639 889.0 20.0 77.3

Minnesota

1,897 865.0 15.0 816.0 779.0 23.0 1,081 948.0 24.0 82.2

Mississippi

922.0 677.0 14.0 413.0 582.0 19.0 509.0 776.0 23.0 75.0

Missouri

2,013 750.0 18.0 913.0 660.0 19.0 1,099 841.0 30.0 78.5

Montana

293.0 658.0 21.0 137.0 566.0 18.0 156.0 733.0 23.0 77.2

Nebraska

680.0 728.0 14.0 312.0 663.0 17.0 369.0 787.0 21.0 84.2

Nevada

897.0 690.0 11.0 399.0 620.0 10.0 497.0 768.0 19.0 80.7

New Hampshire

478.0 883.0 21.0 214.0 772.0 24.0 264.0 975.0 29.0 79.2

New Jersey

3,142 935.0 13.0 1,425 818.0 26.0 1,717 1,030 25.0 79.4

New Mexico

614.0 737.0 17.0 274.0 645.0 25.0 340.0 802.0 22.0 80.4

New York

6,513 819.0 10.0 2,951 746.0 9.0 3,562 900.0 14.0 82.9

North Carolina

3,124 727.0 10.0 1,392 641.0 13.0 1,732 792.0 13.0 80.9

North Dakota

266.0 735.0 12.0 116.0 651.0 12.0 149.0 834.0 23.0 78.1

Ohio

3,662 739.0 9.0 1,589 664.0 10.0 2,073 802.0 15.0 82.8

Oklahoma

1,299 695.0 11.0 570.0 631.0 15.0 729.0 760.0 16.0 83.0

Oregon

1,144 823.0 19.0 480.0 756.0 17.0 664.0 901.0 28.0 83.9

Pennsylvania

4,320 774.0 8.0 1,898 694.0 11.0 2,423 849.0 13.0 81.7

Rhode Island

342.0 796.0 21.0 158.0 733.0 23.0 184.0 886.0 42.0 82.7

South Carolina

1,462 669.0 15.0 677.0 603.0 17.0 785.0 724.0 18.0 83.3

South Dakota

282.0 664.0 10.0 129.0 604.0 9.0 153.0 737.0 16.0 82.0

Tennessee

2,125 675.0 12.0 922.0 611.0 12.0 1,203 740.0 15.0 82.6

Texas

8,904 718.0 7.0 3,852 633.0 9.0 5,051 795.0 15.0 79.6

Utah

879.0 760.0 14.0 326.0 661.0 18.0 552.0 870.0 25.0 76.0

Vermont

216.0 767.0 16.0 96.0 692.0 19.0 120.0 859.0 29.0 80.6

Virginia

2,974 846.0 17.0 1,335 756.0 21.0 1,640 951.0 24.0 79.5

Washington

2,204 870.0 21.0 935.0 746.0 20.0 1,269 982.0 28.0 76.0

West Virginia

574.0 740.0 14.0 257.0 614.0 14.0 317.0 846.0 28.0 72.6

Wisconsin

1,929 783.0 16.0 833.0 696.0 25.0 1,095 863.0 20.0 80.6

Wyoming

207.0 808.0 17.0 81.0 645.0 22.0 126.0 984.0 19.0 65.5

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.
 

 Chart 2. Women’s median usual weekly earnings, full-time wage and salary workers, by state, 2012 annual averages
 Chart 3. Women’s earnings as a percent of men’s, full-time wage and salary workers, by state, 2012 annual averages

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014