Posted at 4 p.m. May 3, 2017

LCCC exception to Wyoming’s wage disparity

While no wage gap was found in conducting a statistical analysis of LCCC employee salary data, the story for other state of Wyoming employers is different.

Wyoming has the highest wage disparity of the states. Overall, Wyoming men earn $0.36 per hour more than women, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Wyoming just passed a bill to fund a new gender wage gap study. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services will be conducting a survey starting in July. The last survey by the state was back in 2003 study.

According to the survey done in 2003 that used salaries from 1999, women earn a weekly wage of about $390 while men make about $623. The figures were calculated after taking into account education, experience and occupation.

David E. Bullard, Wyoming workforce services senior economists, said the wage gap only exists in male-dominated jobs. When looking at education, Bullard said woman are more likely to continue onto a four-year degree than men are. Another reason for the wage disparity, he said, is a lack of growth opportunities for women in certain fields, including oil extraction, welding and other mechanical jobs.

However, according to Rep. Cathy Connolly, a D-Laramie, the wage disparity is a major issue in Wyoming. She said the wage gap is higher in Wyoming than in most states. According to data collected from the University of Wyoming, men in Laramie County earn $0.75 more per hour than women.

When looking at statistics from the National Partnership for Women and Families, Wyoming has the highest wage gap in the United States. Wyoming’s $0.36 wage gap is a quarter higher than New York, which only has a $0.11 wage gap. According to the article, “America’s Women and the Wage Gap,” published by the National Partnership for Women, “On average women employed full-time in the United States lose a combined total of more than $840 billion every year.” The article also says “This means that overall women in the United States are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men.”


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