A new state-level analysis of lifetime median earnings by the National Women’s Law Center has found a big gap between men and women. And an even larger gap between white men and women of color.
The NWLC based its “lifetime wage gap” on data showing the difference between women’s and men’s median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, multiplied by 40 years. The results were not adjusted for inflation. Nationwide, the analysis shows:
Women would lose $430,480 over the course of a 40-year career. For Latinas the career losses mount to $1,007,080, and for African American women the losses are $877,480. [...]
Compared to the earnings of white, non-Hispanic men, the lifetime wage gap would amount to more than $1 million for Asian American women in one state, for African American women in six states, for Native American women in 13 states, and for Latinas in 23 states.
The differences among the states and District of Columbia, which NWLC treated as a state, are large.
In D.C., for instance, the “lifetime wage gap losses” for all women compared to white, non-Hispanic men amounts to $289,000. But the differences by race and ethnicity are stark: Latinas’ losses come in at $1.8 million, African American women’s at $1.6 million, American Indian women’s at $1.1 million, and Asian American women’s at $908,000.
In California, for Latinas the “lifetime wage gap losses” are $1.6 million, for African American women $1.0 million, for American Indian women $1.4 million, and for Asian American women $791,000.