ERIC Number: ED420742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
The Male-Female Wage Gap: Lifetime Earnings Losses. Briefing Paper.
Hartmann, Heidi; Whittaker, Julie
Currently, the median full-time woman worker earns 74.4 percent of the annual earnings of the median man. Over their lifetime, young women stand to lose a great deal of money due to differences in the wages for women and men. Estimates are that the average 25-year-old woman who works full time year round for 40 years will earn $523,000 less than the average 25-year-old man if current wage patterns continue. Alternative projections are plausible, however, because men have experienced wage losses in recent years, and different age groups of men have experienced different rates of wage growth or loss, a different assumption results in a wage gap of $422,000 between men and women who work full time for 40 years. (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Salary Wage Differentials, Sex Differences
Institute for Women's Policy Research, 1400 20th St., N.W., Suite 104, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, DC.