Finance 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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Among top earners, the average woman makes just 39 cents for every dollar a man makes.

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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%, instead of 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.

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Ketchikan, Alaska.

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Alaska

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.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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North Dakota

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.

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Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Indiana

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.

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Madison, Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin

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.

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Des Moines, Iowa.

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Iowa

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.

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Wichita, Kansas.

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Kansas

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.

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Badlands, South Dakota.

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South Dakota

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.

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Burlington, Vermont.

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Vermont

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.

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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota.

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Minnesota

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.

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Aspen, Colorado.

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Colorado

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.

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Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

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West Virginia

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.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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New Mexico

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.

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Jackson, Mississippi.

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Mississippi

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.

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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Maine

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.

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Birmingham, Alabama.

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Alabama

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.

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Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Idaho

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.

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Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Hawaii

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.

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Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Arkansas

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.

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Charleston, South Carolina.

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South Carolina

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.

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New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Louisiana

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.

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Sedona, Arizona.

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Arizona

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.

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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

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Nevada

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.

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Salem, Oregon.

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Oregon

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.

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Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Utah

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.

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Bozeman, Montana.

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Montana

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.

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Lexington, Kentucky.

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Kentucky

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.

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University of Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island

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.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan.

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Michigan

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.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire

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.

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Lewes, Delaware.

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Delaware

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.

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Oklahoma State University.

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Oklahoma

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.

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Nashville, Tennessee.

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Tennessee

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.

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St. Louis, Missouri.

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Missouri

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.

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Cleveland, Ohio.

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Ohio

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.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania

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.

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Omaha, Nebraska.

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Nebraska

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.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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North Carolina

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.

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Seattle, Washington.

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Washington

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.

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Atlanta, Georgia.

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Georgia

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.

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Miami, Florida.

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Florida

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.

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Santa Monica, California.

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California

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.

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Arlington, Virginia.

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Virginia

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.

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Austin, Texas.

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Texas

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.

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Annapolis, Maryland.

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Maryland

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.

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Jackson, Wyoming.

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Wyoming

Average income for:

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.

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Chicago, Illinois.

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Illinois

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.

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Boston, Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts

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.

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Cape May, New Jersey.

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New Jersey

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.

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

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Washington, D.C.

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.

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New York, New York.

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New York

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.

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Darien, Connecticut.

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Connecticut

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