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Oct 09 2011

Racial Inequality of Wages in the United States of America

While gathering data for my own Big Mac Index ( how many Big Mac’s you can buy with one weeks wages), I came across some US wage figures based on race.

Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by Race. (Asian, White, Black and Hispanic/Latino)

    Race and Sex Year 2009 Year 2010
    Asian
    ALL $880 $855
    Male $952 $936
    Female $779 $773
    White
    ALL $757 $765
    Male $845 $850
    Female $669 $684
    Black or African American
    ALL $601 $611
    Male $621 $633
    Female $582 $592
    Hispanic or Latino
    ALL $541 $535
    Male $569 $560
    Female $509 $508

These figures show the following:

The average US Full time working Asian earns 16.2% MORE than the average White full time worker.

The average US Full time working Asian earns 46.4% MORE than the average Black or African American full time worker.

The average US Full time working Asian earns 62.7% MORE than the average Hispanic or Latino full time worker.

The average US Full time working White earns 26.0% MORE than the average Black or African American full time worker.

The average US Full time working White earns 39.9% MORE than the average Hispanic or Latino full time worker.

The average US Full time working Black or African American earns 11.1% MORE than the average Hispanic or Latino full time worker.

The average US Asian worker is in the Highest paid category of these four.

The average US Hispanic or Latino worker is in the lowest paid category of these four.

 

The source of these figures was: ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/lf/aat37.txt

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