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Hispanic Women Lag in Wage Earnings

Sept. 16, 2011

Staff--HispanicBusiness

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Hispanic women's median earnings are little more than half of white men's earnings at 54.5 percent, according to a study from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). Overall, the wage gap between men and women workers has remained essentially unchanged for two years.

"The sluggish progress on the gender wage gap demonstrates that women are not yet obtaining jobs that pay enough, despite increases in education and training," said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President of IWPR. "As the economy begins to improve, I hope we will see women's lagging job growth improve, as well as their wages."

With the exception of Asian American women, the gender wage gap is particularly marked for women of color. Hispanic women's median earnings are little more than half of white men's earnings at 54.5 percent and black women's median earnings are only slightly higher at 62.8 percent.

Median earnings for Hispanic women came to $27,992 compared to $41,309 for Asian women, $40,270 for white women, and $32,290 for black women. Hispanic women's median wages did get a slight boost, going from 52.9 percent of what white men earned in 2009 to 54 percent in 2010.

The study also showed that Hispanic males of any race also had to lowest median income, $31,408 compared to $51,865 for white males, $51,838 for Asian males and $36,803 for black males.



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