© National Committee
on Pay Equity
About NCPE

The National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), founded in 1979, is a coalition of women's and civil rights organizations; labor unions; religious, professional, legal, and educational associations, commissions on women, state and local pay equity coalitions and individuals working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

NCPE's purpose is to close the wage gap that still exists between women, as well as people of color, and men. In 1963, when the Equal Pay Act was signed, women made 59 cents on average for every dollar earned by men (based on Census figures of median wages of full-time, year-round workers). By 2012, women earned 77 cents to men's dollar, a narrowing of the wage gap by less than half a cent a year. Over a working lifetime, this wage disparity costs the average American woman and her family an estimated $700,000 to $2 million, impacting Social Security benefits and pensions.

The wage gap exists, in part, because many women and people of color are still segregated into a few low-paying occupations. More than half of all women workers hold sales, clerical and service jobs. Studies show that the more an occupation is dominated by women or people of color, the less it pays. Part of the wage gap results from differences in education, experience or time in the workforce.

But a significant portion cannot be explained by any of those factors; the General Accounting Office's Oct. 2003 report "Women's Earnings," which examined 18 years of data, found a 20 percent earnings gap between women and men that could not be explained, even when accounting for demographic and work-related factors such as occupation, industry, race, marital status and job tenure. This gap is attributable to discrimination; certain jobs pay less simply because they are held by women and people of color.

Pay equity—evaluating and compensating jobs based on their skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions, and not on the people who hold the jobs—is a solution to eliminating wage discrimination and closing the wage gap.


There are no formal dues collected for membership at this time. NCPE has adopted a Statement of Principles as its membership application for both voting and associate members.

Those who wish to become NCPE members should print the Statement of Principles, fill out and sign the form, indicating the type of membership they desire (see below), and fax it to 703-979-6372 or mail it to:

National Committee on Pay Equity
c/o AFT
555 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001-2029
Attn: C. Cordovilla

A voting member is a trade union, other workforce representative, women's or minority/civil rights organization — represented by a designated contact person — that endorses the NCPE Principles. These members have voting rights and are eligible for Board membership.

An associate member is an organization or group that endorses the NCPE Principles and is entitled to full participation in NCPE, except for voting rights and eligibility for Board membership.

There are three categories of associate membership:

  • Supporting — organizations other than those types listed in voting membership that endorse the NCPE Principles
  • Governmental — government units that endorse the NCPE Principles
  • Individual — individuals who endorse the NCPE principles