In 2008 women’s median earnings were 79.9 percent of men’s. That figure means women earn 20.1 percent less than their male counterparts, and marks an improvement from 2004, when women’s wages were 76.5 percent of men’s wages.
Women who are unmarried tend to fare better when compared to their unmarried male counterparts, as unmarried women earned 94.2 percent of unmarried men’s wages.
While those figures might seem startling, it’s important to note U.S. Labor Department statistics do not take into account differences in experience, skill, occupation or hours worked. It’s also important to note the current income disparity between men and women represents an improvement from as recently as 30 years, when women’s median pay was just 60.2 percent of men’s.
That figure rose rapidly between 1980 and 1990, when the disparity in median salary was 71.6 percent. While that progress has not been as rapid during the last 20 years, the disparity continues to shrink.
Source: The United States ?Labor Department