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.
Data Table for Figure 14
Source: McNeil (1997).
Surveys: SIPP, 1994-95