Nevadaâ€™s earnings ratio â€“ 85 percent â€“ breaks down to $35,484 for women versus $41,803 for men.
Nevadaâ€™s two largest industries â€“ tourism and mining â€“ are gender-segregated industries, with mining dominated by men and tourism industries by women, according to the AAUW. But the strength of the leisure and hospitality industry in Nevada gives it a comparatively narrow pay gap.
A narrow wage gap isnâ€™t necessarily an indication of high wages, though. States with low overall earnings and high unemployment (Nevada has the highest unemployment rate) often have narrow gender wage gaps, Ms. Hegewisch told Forbes.
â€śSo if you donâ€™t have good opportunities for either men or women, we often find a lower wage gap. A job is a job,â€ť she said.