Among recent college graduates, women, black, and Hispanic workers face a substantial wage penalty: Average gender and racial/ethnic wage gaps for employed young college graduates (ages 21–24) not enrolled in further schooling, 2000 and 2019

Wage gap 2000 2019 
Gender wage gap (women–men) -10.7% -12.9%
Black–white wage gap 4.6% -12.2%
Hispanic–white wage gap -7.2% -5.8%
AAPI–white wage gap 13.1% 11.7%

* The black–white and Hispanic–white wage gaps in 2000 are not statistically different from zero.

Notes: AAPI stands for Asian American/Pacific Islander. Wage gaps are calculated from average wages for 2000 and 2018 using pooled data from January 1998–December 2000 and April 2016–March 2019, respectively, adjusted for inflation to 2018 dollars. Data sample includes only those working college graduates ages 21–24 who have not attained an advanced degree and who are not enrolled in further schooling.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata (EPI 2019a)

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