The Gender Pay Gap by State and Congressional District

The gender pay gap exists in almost every congressional district according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Not only do some districts in the 114th Congress lag especially far behind, but some states also have large disparities between districts. How do your state and district stack up?

Find the Gender Wage Gap in Your State

Find the Gender Pay Gap in Your Congressional District

Pay gap information is easy to find in these state-by-state documents, which include the state pay gap number; the congressional district pay gap numbers; rankings of the state’s congressional districts from narrowest to widest gap; and a road map to pay equity that includes needed state and federal actions. Each state’s document is intended to serve as an advocacy tool in the ongoing fight to close the persistent gender pay gap.

Please click on the state you are interested in to view that state’s information:

Compare to previous year’s data

Take Action: You Don’t Have to Stand for the Pay Gap

Use these documents – and the data within – as a springboard to write a letter to the editor or an op-ed calling for members of Congress to take action on the pay gap. Even members of Congress who support equal pay legislation have more to do. The pay gap exists nationwide for all women at all points in their careers and is even worse for women of color. It is clearly not going to close on its own. You can check last year’s numbers for further evidence. Sign up to become an AAUW Two-Minute Activist for a quick way to contact your elected officials to support the ongoing fight for fair pay.


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AAUW Policy Guide to Equal Pay in the States

Until a federal law, like the Paycheck Fairness Act, is passed, each state will continue operating under antiquated regulations and piecemeal state and local laws to combat unequal pay.

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Quick Facts on the Gender Pay Gap

The pay gap persists across all racial and ethnic groups, and it is found in every state.

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Fight for Fair Pay

Changing the gender pay gap begins with you. Learn more about how you can help in the fight for fair pay.

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The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

Research explains the pay gap in the United States: how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels and what you can do to close it.