New York’s gender wage gap has grown in recent years, according to data provided by the Office of the New York state comptroller.
According to the comptroller’s office, women in New York dropped from earning 89 cents on the dollar earned by men in 2015 to 86 cents on the dollar in 2019. During that time, the inflation-adjusted gap between men’s and women’s median salaries in New York increased from $6,431 to $8,821, the comptroller's office said.
That 2019 gap, however, is smaller than the 2019 national wage gap ($10,150, or 81 cents to the dollar), and is also not as big as the gap in many other states,, the comptroller's office said. The data shows New York’s gap was the 11th-lowest (including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) in terms of dollar value, and seventh-best in terms of a percentage of men’s earnings, according to the comptroller's office.
The comptroller’s office noted that median earnings for male managers in New York were $100,000 in 2019, compared to just $80,280 for female managers. They also documented that the field they said had the highest median earnings – legal occupations – also had the highest wage gap in the state that year, with women in the field earning just 55 cents for every dollar a man would earn.
The comptroller’s report also expressed concerns that the gap may not be able to close further in the coming years, citing a Department of Labor report that the COVID-19 pandemic “set women’s labor force participation back more than 30 years." A Pew Research report from this past January that was also cited by the comptroller’s office indicated that the gender pay gap has remained steady amid the pandemic.
The release of the report comes 10 days after this year's "Equal Pay Day," which is designed to represent how many additional months women must work to equal what men earned the previous year.