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Your salary may peak sooner than you think if you're a woman in the US

Your salary may peak sooner than you think if you're a woman in the US
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Women's wages tend to peak at age 41, according to PayScale data.




Men's wages typically don't stop growing until a decade later.




According to PayScale, the median salary for a 41-year-old woman is $53,300; the median salary for a 50-year-old man is $80,300. (PayScale surveyed college-educated full-time workers.)



When we talk about the pay gap, we're typically talking about the difference between the median pay for a man in the US versus the median pay for a woman.
But those statistics obscure another, equally troubling difference: the gender disparity in wage growth. According to data from PayScale, women's wages tend to peak much sooner than men's.
By ages 40 to 41, women's wages start to taper off. Men's wages continue to climb for about another decade. Put another way, if you're a woman in the US, you'll likely earn more at age 41 than you will at any other time in your life.
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