Power. Protections. Equal Pay.
Now is the time to address equity in wages. This means increasing pay transparency, disrupting occupational segregation, eliminating discrimination, increasing access to paid leave, child and elder care, and creating pathways for women to enter into good jobs in order to build an inclusive economy where we can all thrive. Together, we can close the gender and racial wage gap.
- Understanding the Gender Wage Gap. This brief outlines and explains the different causes of the gender and racial wage gap.
- Equal Pay in the United States: Salary History Bans. This brief provides further information on equal pay legislation and policymaking in the United States since the 1960s, the benefits of salary history bans, and principles for designing salary history bans and other policies that close the gender wage gap.
- An Evaluation of the Gender Wage Gap Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data and Executive Summary. This report was developed by the Census Bureau and the Women’s Bureau and funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Gender-Based Pay Disparity Study. This report was developed by 2M Research and funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Compare women’s and men’s median earnings in over 300 occupations using our interactive tool. Last updated March 2023.
- Compare women’s and men’s earnings and the wage gap by race, ethnicity, and occupation using this interactive tool.
- See women’s earnings and earnings ratios by race, ethnicity, age, and educational attainment using our interactive data visualizations.
- 5 Fast Facts: The Gender Wage Gap
- Recommitting to Pay Equity on Equal Pay Day
- Recognizing the Unique Employment Outcomes for Latinas in the Labor Force
- Connecting the Dots: “Women’s Work” and the Wage Gap
- Women’s History Month and the Labor Movement’s Role in Narrowing the Gender Pay Gap
- Advancing Equal Pay at Home and Abroad
- 5 Facts About Black Women in the Labor Force
Map: Equal Pay and Pay Transparency Protections
This map provides information on federal and state-level equal pay and pay transparency protections for workers. More information about protection, coverage and available remedies are listed in an accompanying table at the link below.
- Women’s work deserves equal pay (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/equal-pay-protections)
- The myth that some jobs are “men’s work” and some are “women’s work” hurts women workers, especially women of color (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/impact)
- All women are paid less than men, and Hispanic women are among the lowest paid (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/data/earnings/median-annual-sex-race-hispanic-ethnicity)
- Gender wage gaps are compounded by age, increasing for women above 35 (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/data/earnings/gender-earnings-ratios-wagegap-age)
- Women are paid less than men, on average, across all occupational groups (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/data/earnings/wage-gap-race-occupation)
- Higher education doesn't eliminate the gender and racial wage gap, and the gap is largest for Black women across all levels of education (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/data/earnings/Women-earnings-race-ethnicity-educational-attainment-percentage-Whitemen-earnings)
- Addressing wage equity means increasing pay transparency, disrupting occupational segregation, eliminating discrimination, increasing access to paid leave, child care and elder care, and creating pathways to good jobs for all women (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/equal-pay-protections)