© 2024 All Rights reserved WUSF
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
You Count on Us, We Count on You: Donate to WUSF to support free, accessible journalism for yourself and the community.

Report: Florida Cities Among Those With Smallest Wage Gap


You've probably heard the statistic: For every dollar a man earns, a woman doing comparable work makes only 77 cents. That goes for full-time, year-round employees.

But a new study shows that the wage gap can grow or shrink depending on where you live. According to a report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Florida is home to three of the metro areas where women's pay come closest to that of men--albeit still not equal.

Check out the top 10. The numbers represent women's pay as a percentage of men's pay.  

  1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California: 91.4
  2. Fresno, California: 89.1
  3. North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota: 87.5
  4. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada: 87.0
  5. Stockton, California: 87.0
  6. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas: 86.5
  7. El Paso, Texas: 85.6
  8. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas: 85.5
  9. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach: 85.4
  10. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: 84.8

Of course, nearly-equal pay doesn't necessarily mean good pay.
"A low-wage gap can just mean shared misery," Ariane Hegewisch, a study director for the Institute for Women's Policy Research, told USA Today. The article points out another sobering fact: 

Many of these areas have a higher concentration of low-wage jobs in sectors such as maintenance and food preparation, which also tend to pay women and men more equitably. 

April 9 was Equal Pay Day, which represents how far into the year women would have to work in order to catch up to what their male counterparts earned the previous year.

"I host a food podcast" is a great icebreaker at parties.