Gender Wage Gap

What is the indicator?

The gender wage gap indicator compares the median earnings between male and female workers in Champaign County.

Two worker populations are analyzed: all workers, including part-time and seasonal workers and those that were not employed for the full survey year; and full-time, year-round workers.

 

What does the data say? Are there any notable trends?

 

Gender Wage Gap

 Champaign County       
Total population 16 and over with earningsFull-time, year-round workers with earnings
MaleFemaleMaleFemale
Median earnings ($)Margin of errorMedian earnings ($)Margin of errorMedian earnings ($)Margin of errorMedian earnings ($)Margin of error
200525,7272,82317,7301,63930,2341,78921,6061,603
200624,9352,18816,7711,28131,5251,61422,2071,626
200724,1732,51817,2421,42432,9452,18521,9811,701
200824,9412,43317,3402,46933,9042,02625,9801,663
200923,7211,63813,9451,78832,4372,06423,5391,790
201026,5513,18017,0681,95832,3213,04926,2001,836
201122,2071,55917,4732,48231,0171,80324,8791,755
201226,0751,60720,0451,76436,0592,01625,8251,635
201324,8142,47818,9962,40531,9442,26926,5511,686
201426,3292,08821,3251,44534,7771,95126,9962,011
201530,5651,94821,5471,47237,5371,95129,0752,036

 

For all four populations (male full-time, year-round workers; female full-time, year-round workers; all male workers; and all female workers), the estimated median earnings were higher in 2015 than in 2005. The greatest increase in a population’s estimated median earnings between 2005 and 2015 was for female full-time, year-round workers; the smallest increase between 2005 and 2015 was for all female workers. In both categories (all and full-time, year-round), the estimated median earnings for male workers was consistently higher than for female workers.

The gender gap between the two estimates in 2015 was slightly larger for all workers than for full-time, year-round workers. For all workers, the difference was just over $9,000; for full-time, year-round workers, it was approaching $8,500.

 

Why is this important?/Why did we include it in our set of indicators?

The gender wage gap is included because it blends economics and equity, and illustrates that a major economic talking point on the national level is just as relevant at the local scale.

 

Where did we get the data, and how often is it released?

Income data was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, which are released annually.

As with any datasets that are estimates rather than exact counts, it is important to take into account the margins of error (listed in the column beside each figure) when drawing conclusions from the data.

 

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2015 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (19 September 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2014 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2012 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2009 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2008 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2007 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2006 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2005 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S2001; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; <http://factfinder2.census.gov>; (16 March 2016).