California cities top the list of those in the United States with the lowest gender pay gap. These are the 10 cities where women earn the most compared to men.


The area around Los Angeles has the smallest gender pay gapaccording Good Hirea company that provides job screening and background checks.

Women in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim metro area earn 91% of what men earn, according to company data. By comparison, women living in Provo-Orem, Utah earn just under two-thirds of what men earn.

GoodHire based its ranking on US Census Bureau data for the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States, looking at the median annual income of men and women. It also analyzes how many have earned $100,000 or more per year.

Here are the 10 fields with the smallest gender pay gap, according to the GoodHire study:

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA – women earn 9% less than menDurham-Chapel Hill, NC – women earn 10% less than menFresno, CA – women earn 11% less than men menCape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida – women earn 11% less than menMiami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida – women earn 12% less than menLas Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada – women earn 12% less than menWinston-Salem, North Carolina—women earn 14% less than menSpringfield, Massachusetts—women earn 14% less than menSan Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, California—women earn 14% less than men less than menAlbuquerque, New Mexico – women earn 14% less than men

GoodHire also ranked the cities with the largest gender pay gap:

Provo-Orem, Utah – women earn 38% less than menBaton Rouge, Louisiana – women earn 32% less than menOgden-Clearfield, Utah – women earn 31% less than menSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California – women earn 28% less than menDetroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan – women earn 25% less than menAugusta-Richmond County, Georgia/South Carolina – women earn 25% less than men menTulsa, Oklahoma – women earn 25% less than menSalt Lake City, Utah – women earn 25% less than menPittsburgh, Pennsylvania – women earn 25% less than menOklahoma City, Oklahoma – women earn 25 % less than men

Across the United States, the gender pay gap narrowed slightly in 2020. However, that was largely due to women in low-wage service-sector jobs leaving the workforce during the pandemic, Gusto economist Luke Pardue previously told Insider.

On average, in the 100 most populous cities, women earn $44,220 a year, 19% less than men, according to the GoodHire study. In the first quarter of 2022, women earned an average of $937 per week, compared to $1,118 for men, or about 16% less, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

GoodHire’s study also found that women living in California and Northeastern cities were the most likely to earn $100,000 or more. In San Jose, California, just over a third of women earn $100,000 or more.

San Jose was closely followed by San Francisco. Other cities, including New York, Boston, Massachusetts and Baltimore, Maryland, made up the top 10, according to the study, which used data from the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and US Department of Commerce.

San Jose also tops the list of cities where women have the highest median annual income. Women in San Jose and San Francisco earn an average of just over $70,000 a year, according to the GoodHire study.


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