Wage gap persists in Vermont

Observer staff report
The average Vermont woman makes 85 percent of the average Vermont man’s salary, according to the American Association of University Women. Median earnings for men in Vermont were $44,776 per year compared to women’s median earnings of $38,017.
While Vermont’s gender pay gap is smaller than many states, there is still a sizeable difference between wages earned by men and women. Nationwide, men earn 23 percent more than women.
According to AAUW’s research report “Graduating to a Pay Gap,” women only one year out of college, working full time, were paid on average just 82 percent of what their male counterparts were paid. After controlling for hours worked, occupation, college major, employment sector and other factors associated with pay, the gap shrinks but does not disappear. About one-third of the gap cannot be explained by these factors commonly understood to affect earnings.
AAUW also reports that the pay gap hasn’t budged in a decade and that it’s worse for women of color. Women face a pay gap in nearly every occupation. The pay gap also exists for women without children and it only gets worse with age.
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