By Whitney Leland
The gender pay gap in Utah still ranks nearly dead last in the United States.
In 2021, the U.S. wage gap is women earn about 18% less of what men earn. In Utah, women earn approximately 30% less than men, ranking close to last in most state comparisons.
Estimates suggest that over a 40 year career, the wage gap can amount to a lifetime earnings deficit of $80 to $800 thousand dollars.
In a recent statewide poll, Utah women identified low wages and gender role expectations as their two main challenges.