Montana’s gender pay gap wider than national average

Jun 17, 2013

State labor commissioner Pam Bucy

As we reported last week, Governor Steve Bullock has signed an executive order creating the Equal Pay for Equal Work task force.

"Very surely we have women performing the same jobs as men, being paid less."

The task force will study why women earn less than men in Montana - and make recommendations on how to close that gap. Nationally, women earn 77 percent of what men earn; in Montana, the gap is even wider, with women earning on average about $31,000 dollars a year, compared to about $42,000 for men, according to the Women's Foundation of Montana. The new task force will be co-chaired by the Director of the state Department of Administration, Sheila Hogan, and by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Pam Bucy.
    In this feature interview, Bucy talks with News Director Sally Mauk about why Montana has one of the highest gender wage disparities in the country.