Pittsburgh Ranks Second for Wage Gap

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By Randi Petrello

When it comes to inequities in pay between men and women, the news isn’t good for Pittsburgh women. A new study shows that the women of Pittsburgh are earning a considerable chunk less than their male counterparts.

The Steel City ranked No. 2 on a list of the 50 metropolitan areas with the largest wage gaps between men and women. Women here are paid $36,726 per year while a man is paid $50,133. That breaks down to a woman earning 73 cents for every dollar a man is paid, for a yearly gap of $13,407 between men and women who work full time.

Only Seattle was worse. There, a woman who holds a full-time job is paid $44,535 per year while a man who holds a full-time job is paid $60,881 per year. This means that women in the Seattle area are paid 73 cents for every dollar paid to men in the area, amounting to a yearly gap of $16,346 between men and women who work full time. Our neighbor to the north, Buffalo, was No. 3 and Detroit was No. 4 on the list of top offenders.

Nationwide, women who work full-time all year round are paid an average of 77 cents per every dollar paid to men. African-American women earn 64 cents and Latinas earn 55 cents for every dollar that goes to white, non-Hispanic men, according to the report by the National Partnership for Women and Families.

The report found that, as a group, women in the Pittsburgh area lose about $4.5 billion each year because of the wage gap. If the wage gap was eliminated, a working woman here could afford 103 more weeks of food, 11 more months of mortgage and utility payments, 20 more moths of rent, or 3,656 additional gallons of gas.

Rents in the Pittsburgh area are about $945, up 15.4 percent year-over-year, according to the Zillow Rent Index.

During the recent “Equal Pay Day,” Pittsburgh women, and men, gathered downtown to rally for equality.

In Boston, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, for a yearly gap of $14,080. As a group, women in this Massachusetts town lose about $9.7 billion each year due to the wage gap.

The smallest gap was in the City of Angels -- Los Angeles -- where women earn 92 cents to every dollar a man makes.



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