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Section 3: Women: Disability, work, income and benefits

3.5. How do median earnings for women with and without disability compare to men's earnings?

Working women, ages 21 to 64, earn less than working men, regardless of disability category. Women with a disability (as defined by the Survey of Income and Program Participation) also earn less than women with no disability.

In 1994-95, men with no disability earned 49% more than women with no disability. (Median monthly earnings were $1,470 for women and $2,190 for men.) Among people with a non-severe disability, men earned 55% more than women ($1,200 for women; $1,857 for men). Women with a severe disability had the lowest earnings of any group. The median monthly earnings for women with severe disabilities amounted to $1,000, compared to $1,262 for men with severe disabilities. It is also interesting to note that median earnings of men with severe disabilities were slightly higher than earnings of women with non-severe disabilities.

Median monthly earnings for women are much lower than men's earnings; women with severe disabilities have the lowest median income.

Vertical bar chart. Go to Data Table for Figure 14 for the data values shown in this chart.

Figure 14: Median monthly earnings, by disability status and gender, 21 to 64 years old

Data Table for Figure 14

Source: McNeil (1997).
Website: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/disable/sipp

Surveys: SIPP, 1994-95

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