Whether you’re new to the idea of wage gaps, or you thought they were extinct and no longer affected the workplace: these are still very real statistics that affect everyone within the workplace.
Straight cisgender men have always been paid more than anyone else in the country, to the point that their pay is the base wage that’s set as the dollar to compare everyone else’s income to.
These are the major wage gaps to know: and how they’re still happening in 2022.
Average Woman Still Makes Only 82 Cents Compared to A Man’s Dollar
The most discussed pay discrepancy is always one of gender. This number spans not only when men and women work the same jobs but covers the entire workforce. Any work a woman does is devalued because it’s women’s work. This is seen in how in any industry that’s classically seen as ‘feminine’ jobs, the pay is instantly lower, despite the amount of labor and time that goes into it. Jobs don’t have genders, yet they’re clearly divided regarding income.
Black Men Earn 87 Cents for Every White Man’s Dollar
Race is the second most obvious place that there’s a pay gap. Black men are paid significantly less than their white counterparts, regardless of how their abilities stack up or their education proves they know what they’re talking about. Latino and Native American men earn 91% of what a white man makes and often have a harder time getting into leadership roles.
Only 32 Percent of Women Consider Leaving When Then They Find Pay Discrepancies
When women find out that they’re being paid less than their male counterparts who are doing the same work, many tell them to leave and find something else: but less than a third actually consider this idea. Work is hard to get, especially for women, and many think that they’re better off stuck at this job and trying to work their way up than trying to break into another company. But, at least in this role, they know what they’re up against. By contacting financial consulting firms and a lawyer, they may be able to get their job to up their pay as well.
Latinas Are Paid the Least: At 55 Cents to A White Man’s Dollar
At the very bottom, the lowest earners, and the least likely to get into a management position of any ethnicity or gender: Latinas are paid just over half of what a white man makes. This is complicated further by intersectionality, where a Latina woman may be LGBTQ+ and earn even less.
Transgender men earn 70 cents to what the average worker earns: and transgender women earn only 60 cents, further proving the gender gap even in trans people. Although white cisgender gay men earn less than the average worker: they aren’t nearly as pulled down by other workers, especially those on the transgender spectrum.
Everyone Deserves the Right to Equal Pay
Unfortunately, the gender pay gap isn’t over in 2022. There’s still a long way to go and a lot to learn and change, and we can only do this by being active about these changes.