Women in Colorado earned more than women in a majority of states last year, but still lagged behind men in the state.
Colorado women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median weekly earnings of $740 in 2011, or 79.6 percent of the $930 median weekly earnings for their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.
Nationwide, women earned $648 a week, or 82.2 percent of the $832 median for men.
The gap in Colorado closed a bit from 2010, when women’s median weekly earnings were 77.7 percent of men’s. The ratio of women’s to men’s earnings rose above 80 percent in 2002 and remained there through 2007, but has dipped below that mark in three of the most recent four years.
Among the states, median weekly earnings of women in full-time wage and salary positions in 2011 ranged from $564 in Montana to $878 in Connecticut. Median weekly earnings for men were lowest in Arkansas at $675 and highest in Connecticut at $1,106.
The ratio of female-to-male earnings ranged from 68.7 percent in Louisiana to 89.9 percent in California.The differences among the states reflect, in part, variation in the occupations and industries found in each state and in the age composition of each state’s labor force, the report noted. In addition, the report said, comparisons by sex are on a broad level and don’t control for factors that can be significant in explaining earnings differences, such as education.