The Gender Wage Gap in Portland Ranks 16th Highest of Large Metro Areas

by Emily Starbuck

May 3, 2018

As of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, there is a wage gap of $11,000 between the median earnings of male and female full-time workers in the Portland metro area. That’s 11 percent higher than the national average wage gap of $9,960 for full-time workers, and places Portland as the metro area with the 16th largest wage gap out of the top 50 largest metro areas by population. Metro regions similar in size to Portland like Sacramento, Austin, and Denver all have smaller wage gaps. High-tech hubs like San Francisco, Seattle, and San Jose have some of the largest wage gaps in the country. This suggests an analysis of the industries of employment or occupations for each gender by metro area may explain some of the wage gap.

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