Pay Equity:

Washington State's Efforts to Address Comparable Worth

GGD-92-87BR: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Washington's efforts to provide equal pay for work of comparable value.

GAO found that: (1) Washington has reduced to 17 percent the number of benchmark jobs below the 95 percent target salary line; (2) 90 of 109 state jobs are on or above the target salary line and 19 jobs are below the target salary line; (3) of 429 general government state jobs reviewed, 72 percent were on or above the target salary line; (4) state legislature appropriations for comparable worth totalled about $115 million for the period 1985 thru 1991; (5) the difference in salaries between male-dominated and female-dominated jobs has closed to within 90 percent; and (6) the relationship between job worth scores and pay for jobs with the same gender composition shows existing disparities.

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