Gaining ground

New data show women in California faring better in salary equity

California women are faring significantly better than their peers in other states when it comes to meeting salary equity among the genders. According to new data, in 2011 California women had median weekly earnings of $751, which is 89.9 percent of the $835 median weekly earnings of California men. Nationwide, women earned an average of $684 per week, as compared to the $832 weekly salary for men. See the chart below for women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s salaries, between 1997 and 2011, for both California and the United States.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics/U.S. Department of Labor