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August 26, 2008
Best-Paying States for Women

Women in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New Jersey had the highest median earnings in the United States last year, according to a report by the Census Bureau.

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In 2007, the median earnings for women who worked full-time, year-round in the District of Columbia was $49,364, more than $5,000 better than the median earnings for women in the state of Maryland ($44,022). Women in New Jersey had median earnings of $42,221.

Last year, the state where women had the lowest median earnings was Montana ($26,598). The median earnings for women in the United States overall was $34,278 in 2007.

For men, the state with the highest median earnings was Connecticut ($55,394). Women in Connecticut had median earnings of $41,868, making it the fifth-best-paying jurisdiction. The ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia follows.

Median Earnings for Female Full-Time, Year-Round Workers

Rank Jurisdiction Earnings ($)

1

District of Columbia

49,364

2

Maryland

44,022

3

New Jersey

42,221

4

Massachusetts

42,062

5

Connecticut

41,868

6

California

38,903

7

New York

38,830

8

Delaware

38,543

9

Alaska

37,835

10

Rhode Island

37,475

11

Washington

37,454

12

Virginia

36,971

13

Colorado

36,827

14

Minnesota

36,707

15

New Hampshire

35,722

16

Illinois

35,638

17

Hawaii

35,471

18

Michigan

34,849

19

Vermont

34,341

 

United States

34,278

20

Nevada

34,164

21

Arizona

33,723

22

Pennsylvania

33,438

23

Georgia

33,351

24

Ohio

32,853

25

Oregon

32,538

26

Wisconsin

32,265

27

Florida

32,150

28

Texas

31,845

29

North Carolina

31,738

30

Maine

31,496

31

Indiana

31,158

32

Kansas

31,145

33

Utah

31,001

34

Iowa

30,925

35

Missouri

30,827

36

Nebraska

30,406

37

New Mexico

30,188

38

Tennessee

30,178

39

South Carolina

30,124

40

Kentucky

29,957

41

Alabama

29,756

42

Oklahoma

29,378

43

Idaho

28,846

44

Wyoming

28,540

45

North Dakota

27,554

46

Louisiana

27,469

47

South Dakota

26,965

48

Mississippi

26,838

49

Arkansas

26,815

50

West Virginia

26,719

51

Montana

26,598

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