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The States with the Largest Gender Pay Gaps in 2024 – Utah Ranks First

  • Women in Utah earn $0.73 for every $1 a man earns.  

  • On average, women in Utah earn $47,000, compared to men, who earn $65,500 annually. 

  • Over the past ten years, there have been 72 Equal Pay Act charges filed against employers in Utah. 



A new analysis into pay disparities between genders carried out by employment law attorneys at Eldessouky Law has highlighted which states have a significant gender pay gap. 


The average annual salary for both genders in each state was collected and measured to determine a ratio of female to male pay; this indicates how much a woman earns on the dollar compared to men.  


The findings also analyzed U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data to highlight the number of Equal Pay Act charges filed in the revealed states. The Equal Pay Act requires that men and women within the same workplace are given the same amount of pay for the same amount of work.  


Utah ranks as the state with the most significant gender pay gap.  


The average annual wage for a woman in Utah is $47,907, compared to the average annual wage of a man, which is $65,512. This suggests that women in Utah earn, on average, 26.9% less than men - for every $1 a man earns, a woman would earn $0.73. 

 

The findings also revealed that between 2013 and 2022, there were a total of 72 Equal Pay Act charges filed against employers. Furthermore, there has been a 1700% increase in the number of Equal Pay Act charges filed between 2013 and 2022.  

 

States with the biggest gender pay gaps. 



Looking at the rest of the ranking, in second place is Louisiana. Women in Louisiana make, on average, $42,044 annually, 25.2% less than men, who earn, on average, $56,245 annually. This indicates that for every $1 made by a man, a woman earns $0.75. The findings also revealed that between 2013 and 2022, there were a total of 183 Equal Pay Act charges filed against employers. 

 

Alabama ranks third, where, on average, women earn $42,044 – 25% less than men, who earn, on average, $56,038 annually. This indicates that for every $1 a man earns, a woman would earn $0.75. The findings also revealed that between 2013 and 2022, there were a total of 630 Equal Pay Act charges filed against employers. 

 

Ranking fourth is New Hampshire, where women earn $55,206 annually. This is 24.7% less than what men make on average in New Hampshire, $73,322. This suggests that for every $1 a man makes in the state, a woman would earn $0.75. The findings also revealed that between 2013 and 2022, there were a total of 15 Equal Pay Act charges filed against employers in New Hampshire.  

 

In fifth place is Idaho, where women earn 24.3% less than men. The average salary for women in Idaho is $42,597, compared to men who make $56,318 – this indicates that for every $1 a man earns, women earn $0.76. The findings also revealed that between 2013 and 2022, there were a total of 13 Equal Pay Act charges filed against employers. 

 

Ranking in sixth place is Kansas, where women earn 23.2% less than men. The average salary for women in Kansas is $45,757, compared to men who earn, on average, $59,545 per year. This indicates that for every $1 a man earns, women make $0.77. The findings also revealed that between 2013 and 2022, there were a total of 141 Equal Pay Act charges filed against employers. 

 

Tying in seventh place is Indiana and Mississippi, where for every $1 a man earns, a woman earns $0.77. The average annual salary for women in Indiana and Mississippi is $46,345 and $39,449, respectively.  

 

Rounding out the top ten is North Dakota in eighth place, with the average salary for women being $48,084; West Virginia in ninth place, with the average salary being $42,616 and Wyoming in tenth place, with the average salary for women being $47,486. 

 

Employment law attorneys have at Eldessouky Law have commented on these findings: 

 

“Gender pay gaps perpetuate inequality, which, in this day and age, is highly disheartening. If we look at the overall findings, the average salary for men across America is over $62K, whereas for women, it is $50K. Furthermore, the findings show that in some states, men, on average, can earn up to $80K, whereas women can only earn up to $67K”. 

 

“In contrast, states such as Vermont, California, and New York have the highest ratios when it comes to gender pay. Women in Vermont earn, on average, $0.89 for every $1 a man earns, and women in California and New York earn $0.88 for every $1. While these figures are promising, there is room for improvement in all states”. 

 

Source: US Census, EEOC, American Community Survey 2022; Methodology: The average annual earnings for men and women in each state were sourced from the US Census. The two sets of data were then used to calculate the ratio of female to male pay.  EEOC was used to determine the number of Equal Pay Act charges that were filed in each state between 2013 and 2022.  

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