Women under 30 earn more than men in these 22 cities

Although we still have a long way to go to close the gender pay gapnew data from the Pew Center shows we’re slowly catching up with men on pay parity.

According to To analyse, the median woman under 30 who works full time earns 93% of what her male peers earn. Yet in 22 of 250 US metropolitan areas, women earn between 100% and 120% of what their male counterparts are paid. These cities include Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Barnstable Town, MA, Bremerton-Silverdale, WA, Champaign-Urbana, IL, Chattanooga, TN-GA, Erie, PA, Flagstaff, AZ, Gainesville, FL, Iowa City, IA, Lebanon , PA, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL, Morgantown, WV, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA , Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Richmond, VA, Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA and San Angelo, TX.

The report points out that despite 22 cities sounding like a miniscule amount, it’s densely populated areas like New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, which comprise 16% of the young female workforce in the United States. The Pew researchers also said the percentage was more than three times higher than the 5% of the young female workforce who lived in just six metro areas where young females had equal or higher pay in 2000.

The report tracked 2015-2019 data from the American Community Survey, the largest household survey in the United States, and also highlighted that the pay gap has shifted for young women since 2000, rising from 88% of the salary of their male peers in 2000 to 93% from 2022.

These numbers change as researchers examine different parts of the country. It should be noted that the city with the largest gender gap, Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana – young women make up only 67% of their male peers – has a wide variety of manufacturing jobs that are mostly done by men. .

The report also acknowledges that generational norms also play a role in changing the pay gap. The researchers noted that Gen Z women are more transparent about their salaries with their peers, so women aren’t starting from scratch when negotiating salary.

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