Woeful wages for women – especially in the Buffalo area

The first study of its kind has found that women get shortchanged in their paychecks worse in Western New York than all but a handful of the nation’s 50 largest markets.

Nationally, women working full time get paid an average of 77 cents for every $1 made by a man. Women in the Buffalo market earn 73 cents, ranking the region third-worst behind only Seattle and Pittsburgh.

Here’s what the report by the National Partnership for Women & Families had to say about our region:

In the Buffalo metro area, on average, a woman who holds a full-time job is paid $36,894 per year while a man who holds a full-time job is paid $50,243 per year. This means that women in the Buffalo area are paid 73 cents for every dollar paid to men in the area, amounting to a yearly gap of $13,349 between men and women who work full time.

Nationally, women who hold full-time, year-round jobs are paid, on average, 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. African American women are paid 64 cents and Latinas are paid just 55 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

The report did not explain why the gap is wider here than elsewhere.

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