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Study Finds NYS Has a Lower Racial Pay Gap Than Most States

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jun 30, 2020
A recent study, which broke down the racial pay gap state by state, ranks New York as number 36 out of 50 states plus the District of Columbia, meaning that it has one of the lower pay gaps in the country.

The study, conducted by jobs and careers site Zippia, is based on U.S. census data. It broke down the average income for each occupation by race for full time (>=35 hour) prime working age (25-65) workers. The group with the highest earnings per occupation was labeled 100 percent for '% of max'. Each remaining group then had its earning compared to the highest average earnings for percent of earnings.The higher the number, the smaller the wage gap.

For example, in the occupation Lawyers, and Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers, white workers earn on average $176,768. That was the highest average income, so they are the 100 percent max. The average income for Asian workers in that occupation is only $155,947, or 88 percent that of white workers.

The highest racial pay gap, meaning the lowest percent of max, is in the District of Columbia, at 54 percent (meaning for every dollar earned by white Americans, on average, Black Americans in D.C. are only bringing home 54 cents); D.C. is ranked number 1 in the study. New York state, at number 36, has a 79 percent of max pay rate. The lowest gap can be found in Arizona, ranked number 50 with a 91.1 percent of max pay rate. But Wyoming, ranked at 51, actually has a 103.8 percent of max, meaning that Black Americans earn more than white Americans.