The median pay for women who worked for the state of Iowa last fiscal year was about 9 percentage points under that of men who were employed by the state.
A new state salary database released Thursday shows the state had nearly 60,000 employees who were paid a total of $3.02 billion in the year that ended June 30.
The state employed nearly 32,800 women last year with a median salary of nearly $45,700, compared with more than 27,100 men with a median salary of more than $50,300.
The salary database was compiled by Iowa's Department of Administrative Services.
The highest-paid female state employee was University of Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder, who was paid $568,000. The highest-paid man was Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, $3.7 million.