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The Wage Gap In South Dakota

April 8, 2014, 4:30 PM by Anna Peters

The Wage Gap In South Dakota

From the White House to main street South Dakota, the wage gap between men and women is making headlines.

One analysis released Tuesday says South Dakota women earn just $.78 for every dollar paid to men.  That adds up to $8,929 a year.

Another new report says women who work at the White House earn $.77 for every dollar men earn in median wages.  Government officials say that analysis does not factor in job experience, education or hours worked.  The Labor Department says when you factor those things in, the wage gap shrinks. The national rate drops to between $.05 and $.07 on the dollar.

How do government salaries in South Dakota stack up?  We decided to compare men and women with similar qualifications and experience.  So, we looked at the members of the Governor's cabinet who are paid state salaries.  When we did the math, on average the six women in the Governor's cabinet earn $105,335 per year. That's nearly $1,600 more than male cabinet members.

Cabinet members paid by SD.pdf

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