Racial Differences in US Wages

One of the authors I work with, Lisa Johnson Mandell (Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want), writes at Aol. Dimecrunch and recently posted this:

The latest findings show that median earnings for white men working at full-time jobs came in at $850 in the fourth quarter, while their African American counterparts made $653 per week, or 76.8 percent of what whites are bringing home. But it’s the Hispanics who really feel the pain: They take home the lowest weekly average; $547. That’s $581 for males, and $503 for females.

But at least everyone, blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, males and females earned more in the fourth quarter of 2009 than they did in the fourth quarter of 2008. Median weekly earnings are up 2.7 percent across the board.

Interestingly enough, racial differences in median weekly salaries are less among women than they are among men. Median earnings for black women ($610) were 89.8 percent of those for white women ($679). And it’s still Asian women who average the highest earnings, at $786, and Latinas who average the lowest, at $512.

On gender differences:

And even if poverty and race & ethnicity aren’t of interest to you, this might be: Last year around 271,000 Mexican immigrants in the United States “entered a state of poverty…

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