15 States Where Women Are Paid the Least

Young woman is drinking coffee in airport

Will you have to move to another state to get paid more? | iStock.com/s-dmit

Payday can be a time to rejoice or a time when you cross your fingers and pray you’ll be able to make it to the next without running out of cash. For some women, the latter is their reality. There has been a lot of buzz in the past couple of years concerning the pay gap between men and women. Studies have shown men tend to outpace women when it comes to salary.

The National Women’s Law Center put together a map to show where women are typically paid the least compared to what men are paid. The findings show inequality can be seen not only when it comes to gender but also race. The map breaks down the pay gap for the general population as well as by racial group. Here are the 15 states where women are paid the least.

 15. Kansas

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 76.6 cents
  • What black women make: 63.6 cents
  • What Latina women make: 51.3 cents
  • What Native American women make: 63.1 cents
  • What Asian women make: 71.1 cents
  • What white women make: 74.3 cents

All women in Kansas make an average of 76.6 cents for every dollar a man makes. Latinas make the least when it comes to wages in this state. White women, on the other hand, make slightly more than other races in this state. The minimum wage for Kansas is $7.25 per hour.

14. New Hampshire

New Hampshire scenery

Latinas make the least when it comes to wages in this state. | Darren McCollester/Getty Images

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 76.5 cents
  • What black women make: 65.5 cents
  • What Latina women make: 64.1 cents
  • What Asian women make: 73.4 cents
  • What white women make: 76.5 cents

All women in New Hampshire make an average of 76.5 cents for every dollar a man makes. Latinas make the least when it comes to wages in this state. White women, on the other hand, make slightly more than other races in this state. The minimum wage for New Hampshire is $7.25.

13. Alabama

scene of downtown Huntsville, Alabama

Native American women make slightly more than all other women in this state. | iStock.com

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 76.1 cents
  • What black women make: 57 cents
  • What Latina women make: 48.8 cents
  • What Native American women make: 72.6 cents
  • What Asian women make: 72.3 cents
  • What white women make: 72.2 cents

All women in Alabama make an average of 76.1 cents for every dollar a man makes. Latinas make the least when it comes to wages in this state. Native American women, on the other hand, make slightly more than other races in this state. The minimum wage for Alabama is $7.25.

12. Mississippi

Centennial Bridge Crosses the Mississippi River

Native American make the least when it comes to wages in this state. | iStock.com/rruntsch

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 75.7 cents
  • What black women make: 56.2 cents
  • What Latina women make: 56 cents
  • What Native American women make: 53.6 cents
  • What Asian women make: 70.2 cents
  • What white women make: 74.5 cents

All women in Mississippi make an average of 75.7 cents for every dollar a man makes. Native American women make the least when it comes to wages in this state. White women, on the other hand, make slightly more than other races in this state. The minimum wage for Mississippi is $7.25.

11. Indiana

Indianapolis skyline

Asian women make more when compared to other races in this state. | iStock.com

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 75.9 cents
  • What black women make: 65.8 cents
  • What Latina women make: 53.9 cents
  • What Native American women make: 63.8 cents
  • What Asian women make: 76.2 cents
  • What white women make: 72.9 cents

All women in Indiana make an average of 75.9 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, Asian women make more when compared to other races. Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for Indiana is $7.25.

10. Michigan

Lansing, Michigan city

Asian women make more when compared to other races in this state. | iStock.com/Henryk Sadura

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 74.3 cents
  • What black women make: 63.8 cents
  • What Latina women make: 57.5 cents
  • What Native American women make: 59.4 cents
  • What Asian women make: 95.7 cents
  • What white women make: 76.3 cents

All women in Michigan make an average of 74.3 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, Asian women make more (95.7 cents) when compared to other races. Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for Michigan is $8.90.

9. Ohio

Asian women make more when compared to other races in this state. | Thinkstock

  • What women get paid for every dollar a man gets: 74.7 cents
  • What black women make: 64.4 cents
  • What Latina women make: 60.8 cents
  • What Native American women make: 72.3 cents
  • What Asian women make: 85.9 cents
  • What white women make: 75.8 cents

All women in Ohio make an average of 74.7 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, Asian women make more (85.9 cents) when compared to other races. Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for Ohio is $8.15.

8. Idaho

Welcome sign on the boarder to Idaho State

Black women make more when compared to other races in this state. | iStock.com/oscity

  • What women get paid for every dollar a man gets: 73.5 cents
  • What black women make: 89.1 cents
  • What Latina women make: 49.6 cents
  • What Native American women make: 63 cents
  • What Asian women make: 71.1 cents
  • What white women make: 70.6 cents

All women in Idaho make an average of 73.5 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, black women make more (89.1 cents) when compared to other races. Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for Idaho is $7.25.

 7. Oklahoma

oklahoma city

White women make more when compared to other races in this state. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

  • What women get paid for every dollar a man gets: 73.2 cents
  • What black women make: 60.6 cents
  • What Latina women make: 50 cents
  • What Native American women make: 63.2 cents
  • What Asian women make: 64.4 cents
  • What white women make: 71.3 cents

All women in Oklahoma make an average of 73.2 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, white women make more (71.3 cents) when compared to other races. Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for Oklahoma is $7.25.

6. Montana

Montana, USA

Latinas make the least in this state. | iStock.com/PStieger

  • What women get paid for every dollar a man gets: 72.5 cents
  • What Latina women make: 52.6 cents
  • What Native American women make: 67.6 cents
  • What Asian women make: 77.3 cents
  • What white women make: 72.8 cents

All women in Montana make an average of 72.5 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, Asian women make more (77.3 cents) when compared to other races. Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for Montana is $8.15.

5. North Dakota

Downtown Fargo city in North Dakota

Asian women make slightly more when compared to other races in this state. | iStock.com/csfotoimages

  • What women get paid for every dollar a man gets: 71.1 cents
  • What Latina women make: 51.6 cents
  • What Native American women make: 61.1 cents
  • What Asian women make: 74.9 cents
  • What white women make: 70.8 cents

All women in North Dakota make an average of 71.1 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, Asian women make slightly more when compared to other races. Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for North Dakota is $7.25.

 4. Utah

Logan, Utah

Women in Utah make an average of 71.1 cents for every dollar that a man makes. | City of Logan via Facebook

  • What women get paid for every dollar a man gets: 71.1 cents
  • What black women make: 51.7 cents
  • What Latina women make: 46.8 cents
  • What Native American women make: 53.7 cents
  • What Asian women make: 68.8 cents
  • What white women make: 68.6 cents

All women in Utah make an average of 71.1 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, Asian women make slightly more when compared to other races. When comparing wages across race, Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for Utah is $7.25.

3. West Virginia

charleston, west virginia

All women in West Virginia make an average of 70.6 cents for every dollar that a man makes. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 70.6 cents
  • What black women make: 61.3 cents
  • What Latina women make: 57.7 cents
  • What Asian women make: 105.3 cents
  • What white women make: 69.1 cents

All women in West Virginia make an average of 70.6 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, Asian women make a lot more (105.3 cents) when compared to other races. When comparing wages across race, Latinas make the least in this state. The minimum wage for West Virginia is $8.75

2. Louisiana

new orleans

Black women make the least in this state. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 68 cents
  • What black women make: 47.8 cents
  • What Latina women make: 50.9 cents
  • What Native American women make: 51.8 cents
  • What Asian women make: 58.1 cents
  • What white women make: 66.8 cents

All women in Louisiana make an average of 68 cents for every dollar that a man makes. White women make slightly more when compared to other races. When comparing wages across race, black women make the least in this state. The minimum wage for Louisiana is $7.25.

1. Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming

Women make 64.4 cents for every dollar a man makes in Wyoming. | Town of Jackson via Facebook

  • What women overall get paid for every dollar a man gets: 64.4 cents
  • What Latina women make: 52.5 cents
  • What Native American women make: 55.7 cents
  • What white women make: 65.1 cents

All women in the state of Wyoming make an average of 64.4 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, white women make more when compared to other races. Latinas make the least. The minimum wage for Wyoming is $7.25.

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