Women's Wages Have Outpaced Men’s For 6 Months

Don’t celebrate too quickly, though, there are reasons why women's wages are outpacing men's for that last 6 months.

According to the Atlanta Federal Reserve's wage tracker, female earnings have outpaced male earnings for six months in a row.

  • Wages for women rose 4.4% in February, compared to 4.1% growth for males.
  • In December, women's earnings rose at a rate of 0.5% higher than men's for the first time in 20 years.

According to a recent survey, it pays to make a change

31% of women who changed jobs during the pandemic found that their income rose by more than 30%. 28% of males also reported such an increase.

Don't declare victory over the gender pay gap yet

These figures are heavily influenced by the fact that women account for roughly two-thirds of all employees in low-paying professions most affected by the pandemic. Employers who were previously offering those jobs have now reopened to try and attract workers with higher compensation rates.

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Despite progress, there is still a significant gender pay gap in the United States. In addition to their lower salaries, full-time female employees continue to earn about 83 cents for each dollar men make — an amount that has stayed relatively fixed for 28 years. Women have lost approximately 70% of pandemic-related employment, with over 1 million still unemployed compared to pre-pandemic figures.

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