November 6, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Sacramento, CA – Women who work for the state of California earn about 79.5 cents on the dollar compared to men, according to a report by the state Department of Human Resources.
The 20.5% gender pay gap in 2014, the report said, was smaller than it was in 1989—when women state workers made 74.2% as much as men—but significantly larger than the 15.9% gap among all workers in California and the 11.9% difference among federal civil servants. The report does not directly compare how much men and women earn in specific occupations; workers in the state’s best-paying jobs, such as California Highway Patrol officers, firefighters, engineers, and attorneys, are mostly male. Despite a law Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year that’s intended to shrink the gender wage gap, SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker recently told a union meeting that “the state has not been walking their talk.” The Brown administration, she said, is offering the nurses, administrative employees, and others represented by Local 1000—the largest state workers’ union, and two-thirds female—a 3% raise, while the male-majority unions representing state attorneys, engineers, and scientists have gotten 5% raises. Read more