According to analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families, the average North Carolina woman working full-time earns $35,481. The average North Carolina man makes $41,857. That’s a yearly wage gap of $6,376, or nearly $9 million statewide.[i]

The National Partnership calculated how much a North Carolina woman could buy with that missing $6,376:

  • 52 more weeks of food for her family (1 years’ worth);[ii]
  • Five more months of mortgage and utilities payments;[iii]
  • Nearly eight more months of rent;[iv] or
  • 2,991 additional gallons of gas.[v]

Over 500,000 families have women as their primary breadwinner, and roughly a third of those families are living below the federal poverty line.[vi] Equal pay would go a long way towards providing economic security to these families, rather than letting them continue to struggle. 

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[i] National Partnership for Women & Families. (September 2015). “North Carolina Women and the Wage Gap.” Available at http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/workplace-fairness/fair-pay/9-2015-nc-wage-gap.pdf 

[ii] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2015, September). Consumer Expenditure Survey, Table 1800. Region of Residence: Annual expenditure means, shares, standard errors, and coefficient of variation, 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015, from http://www.bls.gov/cex/2014/combined/region.pdf (Calculation uses overall average “food” cost for United States.)

[iii] U.S. Census Bureau. (2015). American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates 2014, Table GCT2511: Median Monthly Housing Costs for Owner-Occupied Housing Units with a Mortgage - United States – States; and Puerto Rico. Retrieved 17 September 2015, from http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_1YR_GCT2511.US01PR&prodType=table 

[iv] U.S. Census Bureau. (2015). American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates 2014, Table GCT2514: Median Monthly Housing Costs for Renter-Occupied Housing Units (Dollars): - United States – States; and Puerto Rico. Retrieved 17 September 2015, from http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_1YR_GCT2514.US01PR&prodType=table (Calculation uses median gross rent for state.) 

[v] AAA. (2015). AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Retrieved 17 September 2015, from http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com (Calculation uses average cost of regular quality gasoline on September 17, 2015.) 

[vi] See note i.