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June 09, 2011
Survey: Certain Diverse Workers Make More than ‘Nondiverse’ Workers

CareerBuilder recently surveyed more than 1,300 diverse workers to gauge how their work experience has evolved with their growing proportions in the U.S. workforce.

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According to a press release, the study focused on larger economies and workforces, targeting the top 20 markets in the U.S. by population. The results were for six designated diverse segments: 1) African Americans, 2) Hispanics, 3) Asians, 4) women, 5) workers with disabilities, and 6) Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) workers.

The six groups were compared to “nondiverse workers,” defined as Caucasian males who are not LGBT and not disabled. The survey findings point to continued inequalities between diverse and nondiverse segments in pay. At the same time, certain diverse segments ranked higher than nondiverse workers in compensation, reflecting a movement toward better equality in the workplace. LGBT workers were the most likely of all segments to earn six figures, while both Asian and LGBT workers were the most likely to earn $50,000 or more.

Less than $50,000. Among all segments, workers with disabilities were the most likely to report earning less than $50,000 at 58%, followed by women at 52% and Hispanics at 51%. Asian workers were the least likely to earn less than $50,000 at 25%, followed by 32% of LGBT workers and 31% of nondiverse workers.

$50, 000 and above. Three-in-five (62%) Asian and LGBT workers reported making $50,000 or more, the highest of all diverse segments and 2% higher than nondiverse workers. Disabled workers were the least likely to report a salary of $50,000 or higher at 37%, followed by women at 41% and Hispanic workers at 43%.

$100,000 and above. In the six figure category, LGBT workers lead all segments at 18%, outpacing nondiverse workers by 1%. Women were the least likely to report making more than $100,000 at 6%, along with African Americans and Hispanic workers at 8%.

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