Nationally, women earn about 80 cents for each dollar men receive. But in Pennsylvania, that figure is closer to 78 cents.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pennsylvania women earned a median weekly salary of $642 in 2008. The median salary for Keystone State men was $815.
Women here can take solace in the fact that their average weekly earnings are $4 higher than the national average for women: $638. The national average weekly pay for men is $798.
Note: Employers should periodically check wages paid to men and women holding similar jobs to spot potential pay disparities. A companywide salary analysis could reveal patterns of steering women into lower-paying positions.