NC State's 2019 Graduate Success and the Reality of the Gender Wage Gap

Katherine McGurn

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NC State University is ranked as the #1 Best Public College for your money in North Carolina. Founded in 1887 as a public land-grant university, NC State offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through 65 departments. Located in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, the campus includes 2,137 acres and a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,973 students. Visualizing data from the university’s May 2019 bachelor degree recipients allows one to understand how extensive the programs studied at NC State really are. Specific to NC State, the sunburst graph lists each department alphabetically within its college. The size is then dictated by the number of graduates and the color red represents the percentage of females. Comparing the median starting salary of its graduates to the national average salary proves how successful students from this university are and with experience how much they can expect to grow. With all of this in mind, and despite all of the efforts made, the gender pay gap still exists and can strongly affect a woman’s earning capacity over her lifetime. On average, women make 81 cents for every dollar a man makes. Exposing the reality of the gender wage gap can help bring awareness to the public and help outgoing students receive the equal compensation they rightfully deserve.