mind the gap
Austin is one of the worst U.S. cities for women to work in if they want to make as much as a man
We'd love to say that the gender pay gap is ancient history, but the numbers say otherwise. Nationwide, the gap is still significant, and even though Texas recently ranked as the fifth-best state for women in business, our gals in Austin aren't doing so hot on this list.
The latest Census Bureau says women make 18 percent less money than men do. We know the numbers for Texas and several of its cities, thanks to a new study by small biz blog Chamber of Commerce. It investigated the earnings for full-time male and female workers in 170 of the most populous cities in the United States — so we can't attribute this gap to women working less. It did not provide data by industry.
The analysis found that Texas has the 29th largest pay gap out of all 50 states, with women making nearly $11,000 less than men. Texas women can be glad they don’t live in Wyoming, which has the largest pay gap of the states, at almost $19,000.
The city with the largest gap in the United States is Sunnyvale, California, home to Silicon Valley, with an earnings difference of $40,584 between men and women. Actually, California cities make up half of the top 10 largest gender pay gaps.
Texas, however, has two towns in the top 10. Coming in at No. 2 is Frisco, and McKinney lands at No. 5. Frisco men make nearly $40,000 more than women, while McKinney men make $29,000 more than women. Austin was No. 13, with a gap of $20,516, but it wasn't quite as bad as Plano at No. 12, with that gap adding up to $20,736. That small win could buy Austinites a pretty nice dinner for two, or an okay lawn mower by the end of the year.
Houston did slightly better than average at No. 114 spot out of 170 of the most-populated cities in the U.S. Dallas has the smallest gender pay gap in Texas, coming in at No. 166 with just $192 between full-time working men and women.
Here's how the rest of Texas ranks:
- No. 25 – Pasadena
- No. 30 – Lubbock
- No. 45 – Fort Worth
- No. 70 – Irving
- No. 71 – Corpus Christi
- No. 74 – San Antonio
- No. 89 – Arlington
- No. 93 – Grand Prairie
- No 97 – El Paso
- No. 101 – Laredo
- No. 110 – Amarillo
- No. 125 – Brownsville
- No. 134 – Garland
The full study can be found on chamberofcommerce.org.