Young women earn more than men in 16 U.S. cities
Women under 30 out-earned men in 16 cities across the country, including New York and Washington, D.C., a Pew Research analysis of Census data through 2019 finds.
Why it matters: The gender wage penalty is less severe when women are just starting out in their careers. Women age 16-29 earn 93%, on average, of what men make, compared with 84% for all women.
- Young women and men earned about the same in 6 cities. And in the other 228 cities Pew analyzed, young women earned less than men. In the other 228 cities Pew analyzed, young women earned less than men.
Between the lines: The cities where women are getting ahead generally have plenty of jobs that require higher levels of education, says Marianne Cooper, a sociologist at Stanford who studies women and leadership. And women have been earning more college degrees than men for decades.
The big picture: This edge in pay likely won't last as these women grow older. Women are promoted at a slower pace, Cooper said. And those who have children typically face a wage penalty. (Fathers typically get a wage bump.)
- "It’s unlikely that this finding will hold in the long run," Cooper said.
Yes, but: This data is from 2015-2019, and women's wages have actually been rising faster than men's lately, as a labor shortage pushes up pay.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to state that young women outearned men in 16 cities (not 22).