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Gender wage gap, 1973–2011 (2011 dollars)

1973 1979 1989 1995 2000 2007 2011
Real median hourly wage
Women $11.83 $11.99 $12.92 $13.07 $14.20 $14.91 $14.89
Men 18.74 19.13 17.68 17.03 18.21 18.29 17.72
Ratio women/men 63.1% 62.7% 73.1% 76.7% 78.0% 81.5% 84.0%

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

Updated May 14, 2012

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Wages and ratios are based on 50th-percentile wages from Tables 4.5 and 4.6 (CPS-ORG data).

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