Black workers earn considerably less than their white counterparts. In fact, in 2008 black men earned only 71% of what white men earned. The median hourly wage for black male full-time workers was $14.90; for comparable white workers it was $20.84. Of course, a true wage comparison uses multiple factors, from level of education to chosen field of study; however, at the end of the day, it turns out that being black matters. Occupational segregation plays a large role in the wage gap, and severe underrepresentation in the field of “construction, extraction, and maintenance which tends to be low-education-credentialed but which pays wages that are significantly higher than in the service sector. Black men are overrepresented in the lower-paying service sector. Click here to read more.
Why do black men earn less?