Fifty years after the U.S. Congress passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the gender wage gap remains a real issue in New Jersey as in the rest of the country, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families, from data derived from the U.S. Census Bureau.
In the Garden State, woman are paid 78 cents for every dollar a man is paid. The average pay for a woman who holds a full-time job is $47,155 per year, while the average wage for a male full-time worker is $60,568. New Jersey is marginally better than the rest of the country, where women are paid 77 cents to every dollar paid to men. The situation is worse for African-American women, who are paid 64 cents, and Latinas are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
In New Jersey, 431,155 households are headed by women.