Gender Income Equity


In 2021, women's median wages rose 1% compared to men's, but remained about 83% of men's earnings.

No significant movement since the last available data

Benchmark: Maine’s median annual earnings for women will improve to 100% of men’s median annual earnings by 2030.

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This measure compares the annual wages of men and women working full-time, year-round. In 2021, the median earnings of Maine females was $47,141—83% of the $57,039 median earnings of Maine males. In other words, for every $5 earned by Maine men, Maine women earned just over $4, even though they were all working full-time. Some of the difference is due to the differing wages in occupations disproportionately filled by women, but this does not explain the entire wage gap. In recent years, women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s in Maine have improved, from 76% in the 2000s to 81% in the 2010s.

In 2021, Maine’s gender income gap was close to the U.S. average. No U.S. state has eliminated the gender pay gap yet, but in eight states, women’s earning are 85% or more of men’s earnings. Vermont has the lowest gender wage gap. There, women earned 93% as much as men in 2021.



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Women's Earnings as Percentage of Men's

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey