Figure F

Black--white wage gaps are wide no matter how you slice the data: Average wages of black and white workers, by gender, wage percentile, and education, 2019

Black White
Overall $21.05 $28.66
Men $20.60  $29.13
Women $18.61 $22.35
10th $9.61   $10.56
Median $16.12   $21.32
95th $47.94   $73.38
High school $16.37 $20.04
College $27.81  $35.90
Advanced degree $37.33  $45.29


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Note: White refers to non-Hispanic whites, black refers to blacks alone.

Source: Authors’ analysis of Economic Policy Institute, State of Working America Data Library, [Median/average hourly wages], 2019, and of EPI Current Population Survey Extracts, Version 1.0 (2020),, adapted from State of Working America Wages 2019.

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