KENNEWICK, Wash.—New data released this week says in Washington State men make more money than women.
According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, women are paid more than $10,000 less than men every year. Locally, women make about $12,000 less a year. A local labor economist says it could be a woman's choice.
"They might be driven toward satisfaction on the job. Where as males might be able to keep up with less job satisfaction to have that higher wage," says Mark Berreth, Regional Labor Economist.
A great is example, women make up about 70% of jobs in education, which typically is a lower paying job. While more men head to higher paying careers in engineering, science and technology.
The new study also shows on average for every dollar a man earns, a woman makes about 77 cents.