How much does your race affect your income? In the United States, there is a drastic difference in the median incomes of White and Black residents. This is particularly staggering in certain states and industries. Below are five where it is the worst today.
- District of Columbia
Here in D.C, the home of democracy and political change, there is a 78.4% income disparity between Black and White earners. This is the largest race income gap in the United States. White residents make a median income of $77,126 while Black residents only earn $35,753. That is a $41,373 difference! In many industries, White people can expect to earn an average full-time salary of $202,541. But for the same jobs, Black people only bring home an average salary of $176,019.
Another large disparity in race income exists in Maine at about 53.2%. For White residents, the median income is $33,468. Black residents earn half at $17,813. That income gap totals to $15,655.
If you are a Black registered nurse, first line supervisor of retail sales workers, elementary or middle school teacher, or cashier, expect to earn 60.5% less than your White job counterparts in Louisiana. The racial wage gap is wide within many industries in this Southern state. In fact, White residents bring home a median income of $37,943, while Black residents only earn $22,953.
- New Hampshire
With a 61.2% wage gap, inequality remains an issue in New Hampshite, particularly in specific industries like nursing and retail. There is a $15,564 difference in median income between White and Black residents. For the White residents, they are paid $40,064. Blacks receive $24,500.
Similar to Louisiana and New Hampshire, the racial wage gap is prevalent within many professions here, such as elementary and middle school teachers, customer service representatives, and cashiers. White earners in this state have a median income of $36,884, while Black earners have a median income of $36,884. There is a lot of talk about racial income inequality but this is not enough. Policies must be enacted to give equal access to opportunities to everyone.