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24/7 Wall St.: The 10 Worst-Paying States for Women

2. Alaska

Difference in full-time, year-round income: $15,285
Female full-time, year-round median income: $41,529 (11th highest)
Male full-time, year-round median income: $56,814 (5th highest)
2011 unemployment rate: 7.6% (22nd lowest)

Alaska’s job market, similar to many other states on the list, has benefited from an oil and gas boom, which tends to pay solidly high wages but is a male-dominated field. Meanwhile, the finance, insurance, real estate and rental properties occupations, fields with a lower pay gap compared to others, comprised a national-low 4% of jobs in the state. Including part-time workers, the difference in median income between men and women was higher than any other state, with a $16,474 discrepancy. The National Women’s Law Center found that women made up roughly two out of every three minimum wage workers in Alaska. High educational attainment by women did not erase the pay gap. As a whole, Alaska women with a bachelor’s degree earned less than men with just some college completion or an associate degree.

(iStock)

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