Utah’s Gender Opportunity: An examination of the difference between the earnings of Utah men and women

22 January 2015 Published in Press Release Archive

gender-gap-reportVoices for Utah Children releases new report: “Utah’s Gender Opportunity: An examination of the difference between the earnings of Utah men and women.”

New findings include the following:

• In Utah women earn 70 cents for every dollar men earn; the national figure, in comparison, is 79.2¢. Utah ranks 47th among the states, with the 4th largest gender wage gap.

• Women nationally need to get a Bachelor’s degree to earn as much as the average man, but women in Utah need a Master’s degree to achieve that level of income.

• If Utah’s wage gap were no larger than the nation’s, the mathematical difference adds up to an additional $1.6 billion in personal income added to Utah’s economy each year.

• Not only is Utah’s wage gap the 4th largest in the nation, it is closing at the 2nd slowest rate. As a result, if the current trend continues, Utah will be the next-to-last state to see its wage gap close, in 2087, a full 40 years after the national wage gap closes. The national wage gap between men and women is on track to close by 2047.

The report includes a wealth of data, charts, and tables about the gender gap in Utah and nationally. It makes policy recommendations, including items that may be considered by the 2015 Legislative General Session, as well as topics for the consideration of the Utah Commission on Women in the Economy. This report is a collaboration between Voices for Utah Children and the University of Utah Department of Economics. It was authored by Curtis Miller, an undergraduate economics major at the University, and Matthew Weinstein, MPP, State Priorities Partnership Director at Voices for Utah Children.

See the full report here: 

Utah’s Gender Opportunity: An examination of the difference between the earnings of Utah men and women