If trends continue, Wyoming will close its gender wage gap last out of all 50 states – in the year 2159. That’s based on historical wage data from between 1959 and 2013 analyzed by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
Julie Anderson, a research associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, said, unlike much of the country where wage growth has been relatively stagnant, men’s salaries in Wyoming have been on the rise.
“The reason Wyoming is so far out, it’s actually more than 50 years after the next to last state, so it’s really way out there on its own. [That] does have to do with the fact that instead of men’s wages staying the same while women’s creep up a little bit, the bar keeps going up for men [in Wyoming], making it harder and harder for women to catch up,” said Anderson.