Economy And Workforce
Female to Male Earnings Ratio, by Occupation Type, 2015-19


Female to Male Earnings Ratio, by Occupation Type, 2015-19

What does this measure?

The ratio of female to male median earnings for various occupations.

Why is this important?

The pay equity gap is hotly debated. While the data clearly shows that women generally earn less than men for similar occupations, there can be many factors contributing to this, including choices about when and how much to work, and what types of occupations men and women gravitate toward.

How is our county doing?

In 2015-19, median earnings for men in Essex County were roughly $67,300, while median earnings for women were around $53,600. In other words, at the median, women earned 80% of men's earnings (or roughly $0.80 for every $1 earned by men). This disparity was similar to the national level and slightly larger than at the state level, where women earned $0.82 for every dollar earned by men.

Differences in pay by gender were larger for some occupations in Essex County. In Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations, women earned $0.65 to every dollar earned by men. In Healthcare Practitioner and Technical occupations and in the Management, Business and Financial sector, the ratio was $0.77 and $0.72 respectively, while in Service occupations, it was $0.69. Men and women's earnings were closer in Computer, Engineering and Science ($0.84). In Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations, women's earnings were similar to men at $0.97 to every dollar.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Middlesex, MA had a similar overall ratio as Essex County, at $0.79 as was Westchester, NY at $0.81. Women in Lake, IL had a greater disparity, earning $0.75 of every dollar earned by men across all occupations.

Middlesex County women's median earnings were actually a bit higher than men's in the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations at $1.08. In contrast, Lake County, IL had the biggest gap in those occupations, with women only earning 60% of men's earnings.

Notes about the data

This data does not separate about full and part-time earners or those who are self-employed.

Dollar figures are in 2019 dollars. The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with 3 asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

Female to Male Earnings Ratio, by Occupation Type, 2015-19
All OccupationsComputer, Engineering and ScienceEducation, Legal, Community Service, Arts and MediaHealthcare Practitioners and TechnicalManagement, Business and FinancialNatural Resources, Construction and MaintenanceProduction, Transportation and Material MovingSales and OfficeService
Essex County, MA80%84%84%77%72%97%65%74%69%
Amesbury87%80%****106%104%77%65%******50%******83%75%******
Beverly82%107%**89%61%**74%117%******83%****77%50%
Gloucester79%109%****97%71%74%**0%******52%****74%69%
Haverhill72%72%**69%98%**71%67%****72%**95%63%
Lawrence83%123%**91%117%91%0%******70%89%87%
Lynn84%88%80%160%97%143%******67%89%83%
Methuen78%78%70%88%82%112%******73%81%55%**
Newburyport76%69%******77%43%**84%**0%******0%******64%**38%******
Peabody82%70%****88%95%79%0%******80%****74%62%
Salem93%80%**97%113%85%0%******59%****84%93%
Andover65%83%67%35%**75%0%******63%51%63%**
Boxford64%0%******68%79%******70%0%******0%******42%******75%******
Danvers81%75%**83%131%**70%0%******76%**65%53%
Essex75%120%127%****N/A****55%******0%******0%******38%0%******
Georgetown68%68%**90%158%**70%**0%******170%******70%**44%******
Groveland88%**92%****123%**N/A****65%0%******0%******70%******21%
Hamilton80%**63%****68%**56%**94%0%******0%******57%0%******
Ipswich82%99%85%91%**83%0%******75%**63%78%****
Lynnfield69%93%****58%******55%******67%0%******0%******74%54%**
Manchester55%**63%******40%****N/A****49%****0%******N/A******203%******0%******
Marblehead66%53%****74%48%**73%0%******0%******63%**81%**
Merrimac81%0%******100%****N/A**66%**0%******0%******41%******47%****
Middleton75%0%******61%**0%******71%0%******0%******81%****35%**
Nahant72%**113%******98%**84%****63%**0%******0%******41%******27%******
Newbury59%50%**71%******N/A52%****0%******0%******45%0%******
North Andover74%67%**97%55%67%0%******93%******55%48%
Rockport80%**60%****74%37%**70%**0%******100%******83%****78%
Rowley64%****0%******77%******N/A****69%0%******0%******44%0%******
Salisbury77%0%******71%N/A****84%0%******73%****70%**66%******
Saugus87%72%**82%**132%**81%0%******42%******83%62%
Swampscott82%81%**91%78%**65%0%******50%**65%**56%
Topsfield55%**0%******N/A**54%69%******N/A******0%******45%33%******
Wenham71%46%******74%****N/A****83%**0%******0%******58%******37%******
West Newbury61%67%******30%**86%****96%**0%******0%******48%******0%******
Middlesex County, MA79%84%78%68%77%108%**80%78%71%
Lake County, IL75%86%70%56%70%60%69%70%84%
Westchester County, NY81%88%71%58%69%89%******66%71%72%
Massachusetts82%83%82%81%76%94%72%76%73%
United States81%84%80%73%75%73%72%73%76%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Median Earnings for Females, by Occupation Type, 2015-19
All OccupationsComputer, Engineering and ScienceEducation, Legal, Community Service, Arts and MediaHealthcare Practitioners and TechnicalManagement, Business and FinancialNatural Resources, Construction and MaintenanceProduction, Transportation and Material MovingSales and OfficeService
Essex County, MA$53,569$86,515$59,700$77,452$77,306$51,604$30,228$47,020$30,661
Amesbury$61,220$78,611****$59,700$68,750$78,818$38,264******$25,833******$53,271$30,114******
Beverly$61,344$102,569**$56,212$78,906**$78,365$65,458******$43,333****$58,235$26,250
Gloucester$50,085$90,391****$58,604$72,125$75,500**$0******$28,750****$44,617$29,385
Haverhill$44,654$70,227**$49,183$62,269**$66,042$39,323****$35,195**$47,619$27,589
Lawrence$32,390$92,031**$38,598$63,471$59,063$0******$23,791$38,493$29,966
Lynn$40,252$71,940$51,007$65,556$61,563$68,375******$29,404$41,599$30,901
Methuen$46,233$68,984$49,740$73,561$64,890$62,642******$31,705$43,607$30,538**
Newburyport$73,318$76,618******$69,792$90,221**$98,889**$0******$0******$58,750**$26,455******
Peabody$51,854$62,266****$62,588$75,204$70,424$0******$40,000****$41,719$32,081
Salem$55,587$85,000**$59,352$85,104$69,815$0******$25,682****$47,324$30,198
Andover$82,838$103,299$70,724$85,402**$117,083$0******$40,060$55,625$40,125**
Boxford$82,951$0******$72,250$102,313******$113,641$0******$0******$64,167******$64,250******
Danvers$58,971$73,375**$53,385$79,271**$82,833$0******$40,833**$48,292$26,569
Essex$64,419$106,354$67,917****$74,432****$81,250******$0******$0******$47,955$0******
Georgetown$64,814$103,571**$63,494$91,023**$87,321**$0******$87,031******$54,167**$35,417******
Groveland$64,669**$92,500****$93,869**$109,815****$70,982$0******$0******$49,129******$23,446
Hamilton$75,163**$92,045****$63,958**$90,200**$121,429$0******$0******$47,036$0******
Ipswich$66,833$104,453$73,466$72,143**$85,709$0******$40,643**$51,420$37,083****
Lynnfield$67,132$100,333****$59,176******$87,054******$81,591$0******$0******$66,900$48,243**
Manchester$80,625**$64,432******$74,042****$92,167****$82,250****$0******$0******$121,818******$0******
Marblehead$78,086$67,328****$67,083$95,179**$116,848$0******$0******$60,761**$32,841**
Merrimac$68,496$0******$62,292****$82,986**$73,500**$0******$0******$52,031******$29,598****
Middleton$81,702$0******$86,833**$0******$88,620$0******$0******$51,875****$38,158**
Nahant$68,400**$105,521******$71,705**$115,000****$88,411**$0******$0******$40,227******$27,083******
Newbury$59,570$56,250**$57,000******$71,346$81,417****$0******$0******$58,184$0******
North Andover$71,283$77,321**$75,024$81,372$91,919$0******$44,653******$46,153$33,504
Rockport$57,702**$72,386****$54,583$91,563**$71,012**$0******$51,932******$47,517****$36,316
Rowley$53,487****$0******$70,040******$82,153****$84,875$0******$0******$47,791$0******
Salisbury$47,652$0******$43,407$60,865****$75,625$0******$38,750****$43,750**$32,258******
Saugus$56,648$64,286**$65,682**$85,536**$65,453$0******$25,326******$49,931$31,856
Swampscott$74,502$86,731**$74,883$100,174**$81,526$0******$31,507**$53,944**$31,768
Topsfield$64,773**$0******$75,227**$70,347$82,426******$0******$0******$41,635$36,339******
Wenham$74,755$64,464******$78,611****$52,011****$96,900**$0******$0******$38,750******$11,364******
West Newbury$67,313$73,438******$61,111**$86,250****$135,938**$0******$0******$42,214******$0******
Middlesex County, MA$64,087$91,575$62,783$81,260$84,979$60,964**$35,606$51,301$31,517
Lake County, IL$51,836$88,689$56,441$67,649$82,429$31,250$27,237$44,617$27,601
Westchester County, NY$63,702$94,914$72,940$87,323$93,286$48,092******$30,423$49,920$30,270
Massachusetts$56,155$84,194$60,055$76,022$77,532$51,512$33,047$47,014$31,832
United States$43,116$73,660$50,162$61,997$63,853$32,469$29,951$37,480$26,283

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures in 2016 dollars. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Female to Male Earnings Ratio, by Occupation Type, 2010-14
All OccupationsComputer, Engineering and ScienceEducation, Legal, Community Service, Arts and MediaHealthcare Practitioners and TechnicalManagement, Business and FinancialNatural Resources, Construction and MaintenanceProduction, Transportation and Material MovingSales and OfficeService
Essex County, MA76%85%82%62%67%79%**66%77%69%
Amesbury75%105%79%145%88%0%******59%**82%65%******
Beverly78%106%68%72%68%43%******88%76%73%**
Gloucester77%102%****89%**108%**83%37%******53%******68%61%**
Haverhill79%82%87%89%58%118%**69%76%67%
Lawrence76%116%******107%63%****105%95%******71%68%94%
Lynn82%92%84%**98%90%98%****58%84%78%
Methuen81%67%**76%77%72%37%******87%85%70%
Newburyport73%84%******104%79%**67%**0%******134%******66%83%******
Peabody79%81%**89%111%61%0%******98%79%70%
Salem85%111%****84%126%86%0%******73%**78%51%
Andover62%72%56%**52%68%0%******136%****50%50%
Boxford54%0%******40%45%**39%**47%******0%******58%******33%****
Danvers78%75%98%64%61%0%******63%****72%79%****
Essex55%**30%******69%******N/A****47%******0%******0%******61%**67%******
Georgetown74%107%****77%****118%95%0%******123%******54%**74%******
Groveland88%110%136%**N/A****102%****0%******76%****76%****53%**
Hamilton89%119%**178%N/A****73%**0%******0%******43%375%******
Ipswich72%120%****73%32%******77%0%******27%******50%****109%**
Lynnfield61%79%****79%12%**83%0%******88%******64%59%******
Manchester57%0%******71%40%******58%******0%******0%******50%0%******
Marblehead68%68%**66%37%72%0%******109%**56%60%
Merrimac85%**0%******77%**36%41%**0%******72%****81%****60%
Middleton61%62%******49%**40%******73%**0%******106%81%38%******
Nahant80%0%******102%**33%******77%**0%******0%******114%**59%****
Newbury69%65%67%37%**62%0%******0%******73%**51%
North Andover65%87%95%54%57%63%******94%****53%80%******
Rockport62%0%******46%**62%**64%******0%******0%******82%90%
Rowley77%**59%******N/A******N/A****101%**0%******0%******46%****32%******
Salisbury74%101%**93%N/A******74%**0%******78%****73%69%
Saugus77%114%******96%61%****81%0%******51%******84%75%
Swampscott61%76%70%46%****65%****0%******0%******60%70%
Topsfield66%**0%******53%37%**72%**0%******0%******64%**0%******
Wenham60%**0%******33%****66%****49%**0%******0%******131%******64%**
West Newbury60%87%****68%79%****100%**0%******N/A******33%64%****
Middlesex County, MA78%80%80%78%69%71%75%78%70%
Lake County, IL70%86%63%63%68%91%****57%69%70%
Westchester County, NY79%84%65%51%73%100%**70%73%75%
Massachusetts78%82%81%74%70%87%69%75%73%
United States77%83%79%67%72%80%69%73%72%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Median Earnings for Females, by Occupation Type, 2010-14
All OccupationsComputer, Engineering and ScienceEducation, Legal, Community Service, Arts and MediaHealthcare Practitioners and TechnicalManagement, Business and FinancialNatural Resources, Construction and MaintenanceProduction, Transportation and Material MovingSales and OfficeService
Essex County, MA$51,999$85,258$62,136$74,070$72,002$47,132**$32,004$47,010$31,554
Amesbury$52,823$94,772$55,083$87,078$76,737$0******$34,001**$43,834$29,252******
Beverly$54,946$103,152$57,512$77,622$67,171$25,830******$39,028$48,100$34,402**
Gloucester$47,963$95,660****$54,891**$67,867**$78,445$22,487******$25,875******$43,442$29,427**
Haverhill$51,071$75,187$60,872$71,981$58,969$69,613**$35,790$46,295$31,024
Lawrence$32,375$82,489******$46,985$66,165****$59,710$40,602******$26,562$30,453$30,189
Lynn$41,973$62,270$51,905**$67,145$57,930$53,060****$27,259$41,729$29,400
Methuen$52,474$63,767**$59,128$72,841$65,950$22,270******$41,681$44,815$36,201
Newburyport$65,914$92,655******$71,745$71,176**$86,467**$0******$68,776******$50,835$28,876******
Peabody$51,758$81,282**$60,434$76,462$59,208$0******$47,400$47,825$35,351
Salem$51,546$85,613****$59,239$75,415$68,195$0******$31,791**$45,766$25,036
Andover$78,606$98,192$66,478**$81,665$96,054$0******$58,099****$61,830$37,353
Boxford$72,002$0******$77,301$73,082**$83,746**$40,872******$0******$55,232******$26,380****
Danvers$60,147$72,387$66,906$82,848$62,662$0******$35,662****$52,039$35,486****
Essex$50,178**$37,975******$53,388******$62,415****$58,378******$0******$0******$37,838**$25,448******
Georgetown$66,215$128,235****$63,818****$82,780$110,963$0******$64,647******$48,656**$44,909******
Groveland$63,339$81,979$66,030**$107,508****$83,198****$0******$43,844****$66,601****$26,096**
Hamilton$72,105$127,991**$77,808$70,869****$101,073**$0******$0******$40,636$86,130******
Ipswich$62,827$121,640****$64,026$42,745******$91,238$0******$17,019******$44,618****$58,036**
Lynnfield$59,565$99,553****$66,439$36,187**$100,007$0******$46,446******$40,891$45,595******
Manchester$67,949$0******$68,925$118,258******$88,045******$0******$0******$64,292$0******
Marblehead$72,431$81,233**$70,038$83,170$102,051$0******$47,833**$59,229$36,888
Merrimac$62,263**$0******$69,924**$71,165$65,380**$0******$40,575****$58,182****$31,464
Middleton$55,160$63,898******$68,229**$117,019******$84,122**$0******$42,929$47,805$23,806******
Nahant$79,953$0******$79,628**$95,382******$95,840**$0******$0******$59,062**$35,173****
Newbury$61,777$64,026$63,898$96,085**$96,308$0******$0******$39,631**$24,947
North Andover$69,343$103,347$74,053$83,092$89,728$43,477******$50,761****$51,457$32,853******
Rockport$59,091$0******$55,398**$57,808**$80,291******$0******$0******$59,277$43,296
Rowley$60,049**$63,437******$30,776******$114,363****$89,503**$0******$0******$50,730****$23,536******
Salisbury$47,976$87,200**$79,587$54,665******$66,732**$0******$44,882****$42,734$29,311
Saugus$54,321$101,123******$63,273$73,742****$76,654$0******$30,685******$51,382$40,492
Swampscott$56,918$85,369$62,042$65,001****$77,002****$0******$0******$48,902$39,230
Topsfield$80,065**$0******$62,530$107,341**$85,588**$0******$0******$88,909**$0******
Wenham$77,219**$0******$71,812****$78,074****$113,287**$0******$0******$76,208******$35,173**
West Newbury$74,987$105,080****$77,527$94,674****$156,065**$0******$0******$46,239$47,830****
Middlesex County, MA$59,330$84,935$61,610$79,803$77,869$40,814$36,241$49,350$32,597
Lake County, IL$52,264$85,957$56,352$77,469$81,219$55,726****$26,089$45,029$26,341
Westchester County, NY$61,542$88,266$72,573$88,720$94,677$53,079**$33,174$51,540$31,969
Massachusetts$52,300$79,472$58,995$74,028$71,268$50,156$33,499$45,885$32,784
United States$42,350$72,039$50,645$62,173$61,385$37,105$30,011$37,574$26,101

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures in 2016 dollars. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Increasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Crimes Against Property Decreasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Bullying Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Decreasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Increasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Increasing
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Maintaining
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable