March 2, 2016 | Number of The Day
What working women in NJ earn compared with male counterparts

Women working fulltime in New Jersey earned just 76.8 percent of their male counterparts in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the median weekly salary for men was $1,014, women were paid just $779.

There was more bad news for women workers out of the BLS report “Women’s Earnings in New Jersey – 2014”: The women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio in the state decreased last year by 2.7 percentage points from 2013. At best, in 2010, New Jersey working women earned nearly 85 percent of the median salary for men. The ratio in 2014 was barely better than in 1997, when it was a little more than 75 percent.

And pay equity for New Jersey women is worse than for female workers across the country, although women’s salaries were higher here. The national median salary for female fulltime workers was $719 in 2014, or 82.5 percent of the $871 median for men. In fact, in only five states — Alabama, Kentucky, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming — was the pay-equity gap between men and women larger than in New Jersey.

In 2014, there were about 1.4 million women working fulltime in New Jersey and 1.7 million men.