32 2009 Illinois Workforce: Women & Minorities
Wage Gap for Women by Race-Ethnicity
Figure 21 shows a clear gender wage gap by all race-ethnicities (relative to white males)
in the United States.
Figure 21. U.S. Women's Median Weekly Earnings
as Percentage of White Men's, 1988-2008
(full-time, full-year workers)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
- In 2008, the median weekly wage for white women was 79%, for African
American women 67%, and for Hispanic women 60% of the median weekly wage
for white men. 64
- White women continue to fare the best in pay equity. Since 1988, their median
weekly wage was at least 68% of the median weekly wage for white men.
- For the past two decades, the median weekly wage for African American women
has been between 62% and 67% of the median weekly wage earned by white
men. Historically, Hispanic women have fared the worst in pay equity, earning a
median weekly wage of 56% to 60% of that earned by white men.
64 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, “Highlights of Women’s Earnings, Median Usual
Weekly Earnings of Full-Time Wage and Salary Workers in Current Dollars by Sex, Race and Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity, 1979-
2008 Annual Averages,” (Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Labor Statistics). Available at http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpswom2007.pdf
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