3 North Texas cities rank among the largest gender pay gaps On Equal Pay Day

DALLAS — Three cities in North Texas have some of the largest gender pay gaps in 2024, as indicated by a recent report. Frisco has been reported to have the highest gender pay gap in the U.S. by ChamberofCommerce.org. In the Collin County city, women earn 56% of what men do, resulting in a pay disparity of $52,216, which is almost five times the national average, as per the data.

In Frisco, the Census Bureau reported a $12,357 increase in the year-over-year pay gap, with management occupations showing the largest gender pay gap. In Frisco, the gender pay gap for management occupations increased by $56,185 from 2021 to 2022.

“These management positions in Frisco have the most significant pay gap and have experienced the largest year-over-year increase,” according to the report.

ChamberofCommerce, a product research company, analyzed the income of full-time, year-round workers in the 170 most populous U.S. cities using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

McKinney, a city in Collin County, came in fifth on the list for having one of the largest gender pay gaps, with a difference of $24,568. Plano followed at number seven, with a pay gap of $23,415.

On a national level, men make an average of $62,344 while women make an average of $51,275, resulting in a pay gap of $11,069. The pay gap in Texas of $11,884 aligns with the national average. Out of the 170 cities analyzed in the report, women outearned men in just four, such as Garland and Brownsville in Texas.

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Legal occupations have the highest gender pay gap of $69,985, followed by health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations with a pay gap of $37,931, and management occupations with a pay gap of $23,078.

According to the report, a decade ago, women working full-time and year-round in the U.S. earned approximately 80% of what men earned. It has increased by two percentage points in 2024.

Equal Pay Day was observed on Tuesday, a public awareness event created by the National Committee on Pay Equity to highlight the disparity in wages between men and women.

Women are participating more in the workforce than in decades past, and the gender pay gap is at its smallest on record. Despite the progress made, President Joe Biden stated in a proclamation before National Equal Pay Day that the battle for equal pay persists. On average, women who work full-time and year-round earn 84 cents for every dollar earned by men. Women in over 90% of jobs earn less than men, with even larger gaps for women of color and women with disabilities.

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