Let's Break It Down
People of color earn far less than the median income.
Median earnings for individuals 16 and older living in the metro are $31,843. On average people who are White earn $33,595, people who are Black earn $21,941, and people who are Hispanic and Latino earn $22,340.
In addition, our wages are not keeping pace with national averages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our mean hourly wage is 7% lower than the national hourly wage. Not only is this unaccounted for in a cost-of-living adjustment—our cost of living is 6% lower than the national average— but we are also seeing even wider wage gaps in particular jobs. In nine of the largest ten metro-area professions, wages are significantly lower than the national wages for that profession. The top five professions with the largest wage gaps are listed below.
|Top 5 Professions with the Largest Wage Gap
|Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media
|Architecture & Engineering
|Community & Social Services
|Education, Training, & Library
Of the professions listed, wages are significantly lower than national median earnings.