The Female Pay Ceiling

May 30 2012 @ 2:27pm

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Catherine Rampell narrates:

At age 30, both college-educated men and college-educated women have experienced wage growth of almost exactly 60 percent, compared to what they earned at age 22. The typical 30-year-old male college grad working full-time receives $65,300 annually, and his female counterpart receives $51,000. Then, at age 30, college-educated women are likely to start having children. Not coincidentally, that’s also when women’s earnings growth starts to slow. Meanwhile, men’s earnings growth remains about steady. By the time women reach age 39, their wage growth pretty much stops altogether. The typical female, college-educated, full-time worker at age 39 earns about $60,000 — the same amount received by female, college-educated, full-time workers at age 50, 60 and beyond. College-educated men, meanwhile, continue getting raises until about age 48, when their pay plateaus at about $95,000. 

(Chart from PayScale)