According to new statistics released by the Census Bureau, American female workers continue to make less money than males for the same amount of work. In short, California employment lawyers find that there hasn't been much change in the status quo as far as gender differences in wages over the past decade are concerned.
According to the statistics, women continue to make 76.5 cents for every dollar, in male wages in 2012. A male worker enjoyed median annual earnings of approximately $49,398 last year, compared with median annual earnings of $37,791 for female workers. The previous year, women earned approximately $.77 for every one dollar men did for the same work.
It wasn't always like this. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, there was significant progress made in narrowing down the wage gap between the genders. However, in the early 2000s, that momentum stalled and there hasn't been a lot of progress since. According to some experts, this is probably because some of the initial factors that were credited with narrowing down the gender differences in wage, including education and legislation, have lost some of their potency.
In other words, female education levels now are very much on par with male education levels, but that fact on its own does not seem to be sufficient to change wage trends, which currently dictate that males get paid more for the same kind of work. Even so, there has been sufficient progress since the 1980s, when women were paid 60.2 cents for every one dollar that males did.
There is some good news in the statistics. There seems to have been some progress made in narrowing down the gender gap among younger workers. In 2012, women in the 15 to 24 age group made $ .88 for every dollar that males did. Among women in the 25 to 44 group, the amount fell to $ .81, and in the 45 to 64 group, the amount was $ .74 for every dollar.