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Equal Pay Day: March 12, 2024

Press Release Number CB24-SFS.30

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, “The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

“This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

“Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. (It was originally called ‘National Pay Inequity Awareness Day’ and changed to Equal Pay Day in 1998.)

“Since Census statistics showing the latest wage figures will not be available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April [now March] as Equal Pay Day. (Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.) The date also is selected to avoid religious holidays and other significant events.

“Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.”

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Source: 2022 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates

Note: The table above was created by clicking the link for the table and then downloading the Excel. The columns for margin of error are hidden. The occupations are sorted by the “Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings” column. Click on the image for the full table. Table S2002 also provides these stats.

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Page Last Revised - March 18, 2024
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