[su_dropcap style=”flat”]H[/su_dropcap]OW COMMON IS IT for a wife to earn more than her husband in the United States? Back in 1987, only 17.8 percent of American wives outearned their husbands, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even though the situation is gradually improving, it quite rare to find a wife that takes home more money than her husband. In 2013, 29.3 percent of American wives were the main breadwinners in US families (where both wives and husbands have earnings).
This chart shows the % of US wives earning more than their husbands from 1987 to 2013.
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