Men’s Pay is More Unequal than Women’s Pay

The latest BLS data from the Current Population Survey again shows that full-time pay is more unequal among men than women.  A common measure of inequality is the ratio of full-time earnings of a worker just included in the top 10% of the pay distribution to the earnings of a worker just in the bottom 10% of full-time workers.  Using this ratio to measure inequality, the BLS data show that:

  • Inequality is higher for more educated workers
  • Inequality is higher for men than women

In the first quarter of 2012, the ratio of top 10% earnings to bottom 10% earnings was:

  • 4.52 for men and 3.68 for women with a graduate degree
  • 4.59 for men and 3.94 for women with a bachelor’s degree
  • 3.78 for men and 3.30 for women with a high school diploma

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