Reality Check: Where the Gender Pay Gap Begins

PayScale shows at what point women’s pay peaks as compared to men. According to this NYT article, the break begins when couple’s begin to have families:

At age 30, both college-educated men and college-educated women have experienced wage growth of almost exactly 60 percent, compared to what they earned at age 22. The typical 30-year-old male college grad working full-time receives $65,300 annually, and his female counterpart receives $51,000. Then, at age 30, college-educated women are likely to start having children. Not coincidentally, that’s also when women’s earnings growth starts to slow. Meanwhile, men’s earnings growth remains about steady.

Graphic via NYT