Gender pay gap widens in Colorado

Women continue to earn less than men in Colorado and the wage gap has widened slightly, according to the latest federal labor statistics.

Colorado women working full time for wages and salaries had median weekly earnings of $750 in 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Men received $958 in median weekly earnings, meaning women earned on average 78 cents for every dollar men earned. That gap increased by about a penny from 2011.

Calculated on an annual basis, the difference in earnings between men and women in Colorado for 2012 amounted to nearly $11,000.

The ratio of women’s to men’s earnings in Colorado stood at 74.6 percent in 1997, then topped 80 percent between 2002 and 2007. The ratio dropped below 80 percent in four out of the five subsequent years.

Colorado ranked 11th among the 50 states for the highest median weekly earnings for women, but ninth for the highest median weekly earnings for men.

Colorado ranked 16th for the highest disparity between median weekly earnings for women and men.

Nationwide, women earned median weekly earnings of $691, or 80.9 percent of the $854 in median weekly earnings for men.

Median weekly earnings for women ranged from $566 in Montana to $868 in Connecticut. Median weekly earnings for men ranged from $717 in Arkansas to $1,127 in Connecticut.

The ratio of female-to-male earnings ranged from 65.5 percent in Wyoming to 86.8 percent in Arizona.

According to the BLS, differences in earnings among the states reflect differences in industries and occupations in those states as well as the ages of the labor forces.

The comparisons didn’t take into account differences in education that can significantly effect earnings.