Hourly wages in 2013, by gender and race/ethnicity

The table below summarizes the hourly wage distribution for all workers and for workers by gender and race, based on an analysis of the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s extract of the Current Population Survey’s Outgoing Rotation Group for 2013.

One of the most striking features of the graph is that wage gaps both by gender (men versus women) and by race/ethnicity (white versus black, Latino, or Asian) are larger the higher up workers are in their respective wage distributions.

For example, the ratio of the 10th percentile men’s wage ($9.00 per hour) to the 10th percentile women’s wage ($8.25 per hour) is 1.09. The ratio of men at the 90th ($46.85) to women at the 90th ($36.11), however, is much higher, at 1.30. A similar relationship holds by race. White workers at the 10th percentile of their wage distribution ($9.00), for example, make 1.13 times more then black workers at the 10th percentile of their wage distribution ($8.00). But, at the 90th percentile, the corresponding white-black wage ratio is 1.33.

The basic pattern of bigger wage gaps at higher wage also holds for groups defined jointly by gender and race (white women versus Hispanic women, for example).

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