The Gender Pay Gap In Idaho’s State Workforce: Why Do Women Earn Less?

Jan 22, 2013

Vicki Tokita is Idaho's human resources division administrator.
Credit Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Year after year, Idaho gets slapped with an unwelcome designation: It's one of the states where women earn the least compared to men.

A recent study of the “gender wage gap” came from the National Women's Law Center, and found the typical woman worker in Idaho earns 75.2 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart.

The gender wage gap has also been an issue at the top levels of state government. Last March, the Idaho Statesman found that women in Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s cabinet earned an average of $17,000 less than their male peers.  Following the firing of state transportation chief Pam Lowe in 2009, it was widely noted that the man who replaced her had a starting salary that was $22,000 higher.

When it comes to rank-and-file government workers, the situation is more complicated. Click here to continue reading...