There's no doubt that a gender pay gap still pervades America, but the gap isn't uniform across the country — that's right, even the wage disparity has disparities. It's like inequality Inception, but less fun to watch. According to shocking new data, the greatest gap between wages paid to women and their male counterparts in the United States is almost three times the smallest gender pay gap in the U.S.
A new map released by business site Expert Market, created with data from a fall 2014 report from the American Association of University Women, showcases the differences in average wages between male and female workers across the country, and they are staggering. According to the AAUW, American women make $10,291 less than men on average, and that's not even close to the largest pay gap in the country.
In 2014, women earned 82 cents to every dollar their male coworkers made. Though this gap has been narrowing since the 1970s — 82 cents is up from the meager 78 women made in 2013 — it still hurts every working woman in the U.S. But don't take it from us. See for yourself — how much is gender inequality affecting your paycheck?
The State with the Biggest Gender Gap: Louisiana
On average, women in Louisiana make $16,453 less than men. Louisiana has no state minimum wage, so they use the federal minimum wage. By that standard, women miss out on more than a year's worth of earnings because of the wage gap.
The State with the Smallest Gender Gap: Washington, D.C.
The Most Average State: South Dakota
The Region with the Smallest Gap: Southeast
The Region with the Largest Gap: Midwest
The Midwest doesn't have quite the visibly regional distinction that the Southeast does, but Utah and Wyoming do stand out as two of the largest pay gaps in the country amid an area of lower wage differences. Utah and Wyoming have the second- and third-largest gender pay gaps in the country — after Louisiana — but women in next-door Nevada have the third-lowest pay gap. Which brings us to another category...