Given its sizable Hispanic population, New Jersey should be expected to make a good showing when it comes to salaries for Latinas. Actually, the opposite is true: The Garden State comes in dead last (51) of all states and Washington, D.C., when it comes to the amount of money Latinas earn: just 43 cents for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic man, according to rankings by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).
“The pay gap puts a dollar value on the discrimination that women still face in the workforce in multiple forms,” said Terri Boyer, executive director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. “That ranges from devaluing jobs that are traditionally held by women, to workplace practices that systematically disadvantage women and the choices that they make. The stubborn persistence of the pay gap is a reflection of how deep, and often invisible to the casual observer, these factors can be.”
Asian women in New Jersey earn 87 cents for every dollar paid to a man, which is the fourth highest in the country. White, non-Hispanic women earn 74 cents per dollar (39th); black women, 74 cents (also 39th). Native American women are paid 55 cents (37th) for every dollar a man earns.
Overall, New Jersey ranks 17th when it comes to women’s pay — 82 cents for every dollar a man earns. The national average is 80 cents.