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December 4, 2013

Progressing on wages

NORMAN — It’s still not parity but salaries of women in Oklahoma are up as is the women’s-to-men’s earning ratio in 2012.

The Southwest Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this week released its annual survey of wage earners. In 2012, Oklahoma women who were full-time workers had median weekly earnings of $631 or 83.0 percent of the $760 full-time median weekly earnings of Oklahoma men.

Oklahoma women’s earnings rose in 2012, as did the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio, up from last year’s 78.6 percent ratio to register the second-highest rate in the series history.

In the U.S., female full-time wage and salary workers had median weekly earnings of $691 while their male counterparts earned $854, a ratio of 80.9 percent. Among all states, Connecticut reported the highest median earnings for both women and men, while women’s full-time wages were lowest in Montana.

The 2012 ratios of female-to-male earnings varied markedly across the nation, ranging from a low of 65.5 percent in Wyoming to a high of 86.8 percent in Arizona.

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