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Women's Earnings as a Percentage of Men's, 1951–2011

The following table shows how much women working full-time, year-round in the United States make compared to men. For example, in 1951, women made about 64 cents for every dollar earned by men. The wage gap has narrowed over time, with today's women (age 15 and over) earning 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

(for year-round, full-time work)

Year Percent Year Percent Year Percent Year Percent
1951 63.9% 1970 59.4% 1989 68.7% 2008 77.1%
1952 63.9 1971 59.5 1990 71.6 2009 77.0
1953 63.9 1972 57.9 1991 69.9 2010 77.4
1954 63.9 1973 56.6% 1992 70.8 2011 77.0
1955 63.9 1974 58.8 1993 71.5 2012 n.a.
1956 63.3 1975 58.8 1994 72.0 2013 n.a.
1957 63.8 1976 60.2 1995 71.4% 2014 n.a.
1958 63.0 1977 58.9 1996 73.8 2015 n.a.
1959 61.3 1978 59.4 1997 74.2 2016 n.a.
1960 60.7 1979 59.7 1998 73.2 2017 n.a.
1961 59.2 1980 60.2 1999 72.2 2018 n.a.
1962 59.3% 1981 59.2 2000 73.3 2019 n.a.
1963 58.9 1982 61.7 2001 76.3 2020 n.a.
1964 59.1 1983 63.6 2002 76.6 2021 n.a.
1965 59.9 1984 63.7% 2003 75.5 2022 n.a.
1966 57.6 1985 64.6 2004 76.6 2023 n.a.
1967 57.8 1986 64.3 2005 77.0 2024 n.a.
1968 58.2 1987 65.2 2006 76.9 2025 n.a.
1969 58.9 1988 66.0 2007 77.8 2026 n.a.
n.a.= not yet available
Source: U.S. Women's Bureau and the National Committee on Pay Equity. Reproduced by permission of the National Committee on Pay Equity.

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