Charted: The gender pay gap in the US has barely budged in two decades

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In 2022, women earned an average of 82% of what men earned. Image: Unsplash/Tim Mossholder

Carolina Aragão
research associate , Pew Research Center.
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Graphic showing gender pay gap in US by age group
The wage gap is smaller for workers ages 25 to 34 than for all workers 16 and older. Image: Pew Research Center

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Graphic showing reasons for the gender pay gap in the US
Half of US adults point to women being treated differently by employers as a major reason for the gender pay gap. Image: Pew Research Center

Graphic showing what pressures working mothers are under
Research has shown that being a mother can reduce women’s earnings, while fatherhood can increase men’s earnings. Image: Pew Research Center

Graphic showing how many women are the boss, or would want to be the boss, in their workplace
Men are more likely than women to be a boss or a top manager where they work. Image: Pew Research Center
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