In honor of Equal Pay Day, on April 8, President Obama signed an Executive Order to prevent workplace discrimination and to help narrow the gender pay gap.
Women still make only about 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to Census data for full-time workers. The wage gap persists across all states, educational levels, and in nearly every occupation. But how does race and ethnicity factor into the pay gap?
Gender pay gap by race and ethnicity in
dollar difference and percent difference
Whites and Asians have the widest gap along with the highest incomes.
The gender pay gap compared
to white non-Hispanic men
Because white non-Hispanic men represent the largest working group, it's useful to make gender comparisons not within each race or ethnicity, but to white men. Asian women come closest to the income for white non-Hispanic men; Latina women are the furthest.
Note: Based on 2012 median annual earnings of full-time, year-round workers, ages 16 and older.