Washington County’s Gender Gap in Work Status and Wages

Washington County’s Gender Gap in Work Status and Wages

by Emily Starbuck

March 7, 2017

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 62 percent of Washington County workers over age 16 worked full-time, year-round in 2015. There was a significant gender gap for full-time versus part-time work status. Seventy percent of men worked full-time, year-round, compared with 53 percent of women. On average, men worked 5.3 more hours per week than women (40.7 hours for men compared with 35.4 hours for women). Female workers had lower labor force participation and higher rates of part-time employment than male workers.

The median income for full-time male workers was $60,364 in 2015, while full-time female workers had a median income of $47,845. That’s a 26 percent difference in wages over all occupations. A 7 percent wage gap exists for workers who did not work full-time, year-round. These workers’ median earnings were $12,182 and $11,376 for men and women, respectively. This data is for all industries of employment – some of the wage gap that exists for full-time workers may be due to women working in lower-wage industries and occupations than men.