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How Much the Highest-Paid Women in Every US State Make Compared To Men — the Difference in Their Salaries Is Stunning

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Across the US, the average income for the top 2% of all earners is $206,000.

But among women in the top 2%, the average salary is $145,000, compared to $371,000 for men, according to an analysis of the 2015 American Community Survey by labor economics research firm Job Search Intelligence (JSI).

That means the average woman in the top 2% makes just 39 cents for every dollar a man makes. Overall, women earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar a man makes in the US, according to a 2016 report published by the Joint Economic Committee Democratic Staff.

While striking, the pay gap at the top isn't likely a matter of women being paid significantly less than their male counterparts, but rather that women are underrepresented at the highest levels of management.

In fact, in some states, so few women make it into the top 1% — which requires an average annual salary of $389,436 or more, based on calculations by the Economic Policy Institute — that, to protect anonymity, salary data is not reported by gender, according to JSI. That's why we're comparing earnings among the top 2%, rather than the more standard top 1% of earners.

Below, see the average income for the top earners in every US state — listed from the smallest gender wage gap to the largest — as well as the average income for women and men in the top 2% of all earners.

Alaska: Women earn $50,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $185,000

A man in the top 2%: $200,000

A woman in the top 2%: $150,000

North Dakota: Women earn $70,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $150,000

A man in the top 2%: $170,000

A woman in the top 2%: $100,000

Indiana: Women earn $80,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $170,000

A man in the top 2%: $200,000

A woman in the top 2%: $120,000

Wisconsin: Women earn $81,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $180,000

A man in the top 2%: $211,000

A woman in the top 2%: $130,000

Iowa: Women earn $83,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $150,000

A man in the top 2%: $193,000

A woman in the top 2%: $110,000

Kansas: Women earn $85,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $175,000

A man in the top 2%: $215,000

A woman in the top 2%: $130,000

South Dakota: Women earn $85,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $150,000

A man in the top 2%: $186,000

A woman in the top 2%: $101,000

Vermont: Women earn $88,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $176,000

A man in the top 2%: $215,000

A woman in the top 2%: $127,000

Minnesota: Women earn $100,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $200,000

A man in the top 2%: $250,000

A woman in the top 2%: $150,000

Colorado: Women earn $104,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $225,000

A man in the top 2%: $264,000

A woman in the top 2%: $160,000

West Virginia: Women earn $163,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $160,000

A man in the top 2%: $283,000

A woman in the top 2%: $120,000

New Mexico: Women earn $179,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $158,000

A man in the top 2%: $304,000

A woman in the top 2%: $125,000

Mississippi: Women earn $183,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $150,000

A man in the top 2%: $290,000

A woman in the top 2%: $107,000

Maine: Women earn $199,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $180,000

A man in the top 2%: $324,000

A woman in the top 2%: $125,000

Alabama: Women earn $209,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $175,000

A man in the top 2%: $333,000

A woman in the top 2%: $124,000

Idaho: Women earn $210,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $150,000

A man in the top 2%: $316,000

A woman in the top 2%: $106,000

Hawaii: Women earn $211,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $180,000

A man in the top 2%: $351,000

A woman in the top 2%: $140,000

Arkansas: Women earn $216,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $180,000

A man in the top 2%: $336,000

A woman in the top 2%: $120,000

South Carolina: Women earn $217,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $185,000

A man in the top 2%: $347,000

A woman in the top 2%: $130,000

Louisiana: Women earn $221,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $200,000

A man in the top 2%: $346,000

A woman in the top 2%: $125,000

Arizona: Women earn $227,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $200,000

A man in the top 2%: $367,000

A woman in the top 2%: $140,000

Nevada: Women earn $227,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $180,000

A man in the top 2%: $357,000

A woman in the top 2%: $130,000

Oregon: Women earn $228,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $198,000

A man in the top 2%: $378,000

A woman in the top 2%: $150,000

Utah: Women earn $228,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $200,000

A man in the top 2%: $362,000

A woman in the top 2%: $134,000

Montana: Women earn $229,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $185,000

A man in the top 2%: $354,000

A woman in the top 2%: $125,000

Kentucky: Women earn $231,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $190,000

A man in the top 2%: $358,000

A woman in the top 2%: $127,000

Rhode Island: Women earn $233,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $225,000

A man in the top 2%: $383,000

A woman in the top 2%: $150,000

Michigan: Women earn $242,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $194,000

A man in the top 2%: $382,000

A woman in the top 2%: $140,000

New Hampshire: Women earn $244,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $220,000

A man in the top 2%: $404,000

A woman in the top 2%: $160,000

Delaware: Women earn $253,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $200,000

A man in the top 2%: $403,000

A woman in the top 2%: $150,000

Oklahoma: Women earn $255,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $180,000

A man in the top 2%: $375,000

A woman in the top 2%: $120,000

Tennessee: Women earn $255,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $200,000

A man in the top 2%: $390,000

A woman in the top 2%: $135,000

Missouri: Women earn $257,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $190,000

A man in the top 2%: $387,000

A woman in the top 2%: $130,000

Ohio: Women earn $257,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $196,000

A man in the top 2%: $392,000

A woman in the top 2%: $135,000

Pennsylvania: Women earn $260,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $200,000

A man in the top 2%: $408,000

A woman in the top 2%: $148,000

Nebraska: Women earn $264,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $175,000

A man in the top 2%: $384,000

A woman in the top 2%: $120,000

North Carolina: Women earn $266,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $200,000

A man in the top 2%: $416,000

A woman in the top 2%: $150,000

Washington: Women earn $268,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $240,000

A man in the top 2%: $440,000

A woman in the top 2%: $172,000

Georgia: Women earn $269,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $217,000

A man in the top 2%: $419,000

A woman in the top 2%: $150,000

Florida: Women earn $279,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $220,000

A man in the top 2%: $429,000

A woman in the top 2%: $150,000

California: Women earn $283,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $250,000

A man in the top 2%: $483,000

A woman in the top 2%: $200,000

Virginia: Women earn $288,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $233,000

A man in the top 2%: $460,000

A woman in the top 2%: $172,000

Texas: Women earn $295,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $250,000

A man in the top 2%: $451,000

A woman in the top 2%: $156,000

Maryland: Women earn $296,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $250,000

A man in the top 2%: $482,000

A woman in the top 2%: $186,000

Wyoming: Women earn $305,000 less.


Top 2% of earners: $170,000

A man in the top 2%: $425,000

A woman in the top 2%: $120,000

Illinois: Women earn $335,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $245,000

A man in the top 2%: $505,000

A woman in the top 2%: $170,000

Massachusetts: Women earn $351,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $300,000

A man in the top 2%: $551,000

A woman in the top 2%: $200,000

New Jersey: Women earn $355,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $300,000

A man in the top 2%: $555,000

A woman in the top 2%: $200,000

Washington, D.C.: Women earn $357,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $379,000

A man in the top 2%: $637,000

A woman in the top 2%: $280,000

New York: Women earn $413,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $280,000

A man in the top 2%: $613,000

A woman in the top 2%: $200,000

Connecticut: Women earn $444,000 less.

Average income for:

Top 2% of earners: $360,000

A man in the top 2%: $658,000

A woman in the top 2%: $214,000

-Lauren Lyons Cole and Andy Kiersz

This article was originally published on Business Insider. Check out more from their report, here.

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