The pay gap for S.C. women compared to men is narrowest in the state’s 6th District, which includes much of Columbia, according to a new study.
The 50-state analysis by the American Association of University Women breaks down how much women make in each congressional district, compared to the median annual earnings of their male counterparts.
In South Carolina, the 6th District, which stretches from Columbia to Charleston and includes much of the lower part of the state, has the narrowest pay gap, according to the study. Women made 84 percent of what men make in the 6th District, better than the 80 percent average nationally.
The bad news?
The 6th District also has the lowest average pay for both men and women. The 6th District — represented by the lone Democrat in South Carolina’s congressional delegation, Jim Clyburn of Columbia — has some of the highest poverty rates in South Carolina and many of its jobs are in government.
So while women in the 6th District fare best in earnings compared to men, neither women nor men in the 6th District fare well in pay compared to residents of other S.C. congressional districts.
The gender gap in pay is the widest the 2nd District – which includes parts of Columbia, and Lexington and Aiken counties. There, women make 75.6 percent of what men do.
But 2nd District workers — women and men — make more than 6th District workers. The district, represented by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, has the second-highest pay in the state for both men and women.
South Carolina’s highest-paid district – the coastal 1st District, represented by Mark Sanford of Charleston – had a slightly narrower pay gap than the 2nd District, with women making 75.9 percent of what men are paid.
The second-lowest pay gap in South Carolina is in the 7th District around Myrtle Beach, represented by U.S. Rep. Tom Rice. There women make 82 percent of men’s median pay.
In U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Upstate 4th District, women make 78.5 percent of what men earn. The gap is 78.1 percent in the 5th District centered on Rock Hill, represented by U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, and 76 percent in the 3rd District, covering the northwestern part of the state, represented by Jeff Duncan of Laurens.
Women’s and men’s pay
S.C. median pay by congressional district
SOURCE: American Association of University Women