By the Numbers: What the Gender Pay Gap Looks Like Now

By the Numbers: What the Gender Pay Gap Looks Like Now

We all know we're nowhere near women getting equal pay for equal work, but here's the good news: The gender pay gap is slowly narrowing — and it's moving faster in some states than others.

Still, the data shows we have a ways to go.

80.5 cents: What women earned to every dollar a man earned in 2016 (per the Census Bureau)

Less than 1 cent: That's the amount it improved over 2015.

2007: The last time there was any improvement in the wage gap.

44 extra days a year: How much more women would have to work to earn the same amount that men do.

2119: When the pay gap will finally close, at this rate.

Where you live, though, does make a big difference. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) pulled together info on the gender wage gap by state:

Smallest Wage Gaps

New York

Median women's earnings: $47,358
Median men's earnings: $53,124
Women's earnings to men's dollar: 89 cents (Fun fact: There are three congressional districts in New York where women actually earn *more* than men.)

California

Median women's earnings: $45,489
Median men's earnings: $51,417
Women's earnings to men's dollar: 88 cents (Perhaps that figure could improve if Silicon Valley could just fix it's pesky sexism problem.)

Florida

Median women's earnings: $36,112
Median men's earnings: $51,417
Women's earnings to men's dollar: 87 cents

Largest Wage Gaps

Louisiana

Median women's earnings: $34,793
Median men's earnings: $50,031
Women's earnings to men's dollar: 70 cents

Utah

Median women's earnings: $36,022
Median men's earnings: $51,099
Women's earnings to men's dollar: 70 cents

West Virginia

Median women's earnings: $33,228
Median men's earnings: $46,029
Women's earnings to men's dollar: 72 cents

The big-picture takeaway? Although it's nice to see where there has been progress across the country, until society catches up, the onus is still on women to boost their own paychecks. Here's the right way to ask for — and get — the raise you deserve.

RELATED: The 1 Consequence of the Pay Gap You May Not Be Prepared For

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