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Do Women Outearn Men in the United States?: The Facts

Although women have been making progress in the United States, men generally still significantly outearn women. This fact sheet offers statistics, explanation, and clarification on topics including the following:

  • The percentage of wives who outearn their husbands.

  • Women's contribution to family income over time.

  • Primary earners and single-parent families.

  • Women and men's labor force participation rates.