New Strategist Press editorial director Cheryl Russell delves in to the Census Bureau trove called the America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2015, for data and insight into marriage and pay. This note looks at the stats on the difference in income between husbands and wives.
Russell notes that while 55% of husbands earn substantially more than their wives, in one in five couples, wives earn substantially more. Here's the breakdown:
Earnings difference between husbands and wives
Husband earns at least $50,000 more than wife: 23%
Husband earns $5,000 to $49,999 more than wife: 32%
Husband's and wife's earnings differ by less than $5,000: 25%
Wife earns $5,000 to $49,999 more than husband: 15%
Wife earns at least $50,000 more than husband: 5%