In a story titled “Gender Pay Gap, Once Narrowing, Is Stuck in Place,” (December 24, 2006), the New York Times reports on some recent data regarding the gender wage gap. They report that gap between average pay for men versus women remains remarkably steady. This after the gap shrunk during the 1980s and early 1990s.

One way to try to explain the gap is to argue that perhaps men have higher levels of educational achievement which leads to higher paying jobs, but the wage gap persists even when comparing men and women at the same levels of educational attainment. And, in fact, this story reports:

Largely without notice, however, one big group of women has stopped making progress: those with a four-year college degree. The gap between their pay and the pay of male college graduates has actually widened slightly since the mid-’90s.

For women without a college education, the pay gap with men has narrowed only slightly over the same span.

Another striking aspect of the report is that the gap is wider for those at the top:

But the gap is now widest among highly paid workers. A woman making more than 95 percent of all other women earned the equivalent of $36 an hour last year, or about $90,000 a year for working 50 hours a week. A man making more than 95 percent of all other men, putting in the same hours, would have earned $115,000 — a difference of 28 percent.

They also include a “multimedia” link called “Few Cracks in the Glass Ceiling,” showing graphs of pay by educational level and “hourly pay at each wage ranking.”

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