Record Number of Female Breadwinners, According to Pew

Share
Copy

In 2011, the median family income was almost $80,000 for couples in which a wife is the primary breadwinner. That's about $2,000 more than it was for couples in which a husband is the primary breadwinner, and $10,000 more than for couples in which spouses' income is the same, the report states.

"This happens because in these types of families they are more likely to have two working parents than the other type of families," said Wang.

The financial picture is very different for the 8.6 million single mothers in the country, as opposed to the 5.1 million married mothers who have a higher income than their husbands.

The median income for families with single mothers is $23,000. The national median income is $57,100 for all families with children.

The percentage of single mothers who have never married has also increased significantly since 1960. Back then, the vast majority of single mothers then were women who were previously married. The percentage of single mothers then who never married was only 4 percent. Now, that figure has increased to 44 percent.

READ MORE: College Class of '13 Racks Up Debt of $35,200

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: The first explosion knocked down a runner at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon.
John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
PHOTO: The scene near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is seen in this April 16, 2013 file photo. Inset, suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seen. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured.
Elise Amendola/AP Photo; Inset: Lowell Sun, FBI/AP Photo
PHOTO: Pulaski Township Police Sgt. Chad Adam seen here in this undated Facebook photo, went undercover as an Amish woman.
Pulaski Township Police Department/Facebook