The Black-white median wage gap has widened since 1979: Annual Black-white median wage gap, 1973–2021

Date Gap (Median)
1973 22.30%
1974 19.80%
1975 19.10%
1976 19.00%
1977 18.80%
1978 20.10%
1979 16.40%
1980 17.30%
1981 17.50%
1982 19.40%
1983 18.30%
1984 19.50%
1985 19.30%
1986 20.00%
1987 19.60%
1988 18.40%
1989 20.40%
1990 20.10%
1991 22.10%
1992 20.50%
1993 19.90%
1994 20.10%
1995 20.80%
1996 21.80%
1997 21.50%
1998 20.40%
1999 19.60%
2000 20.80%
2001 22.60%
2002 21.30%
2003 20.20%
2004 19.90%
2005 21.10%
2006 20.60%
2007 22.30%
2008 23.10%
2009 21.30%
2010 21.20%
2011 22.20%
2012 24.60%
2013 22.50%
2014 24.10%
2015 25.60%
2016 23.00%
2017 25.30%
2018 26.70%
2019 24.40%
2020 23.60%
2021 23.40%

Note: Wages are adjusted into 2021 dollars by the CPI-U-RS. The regression-based gap is based on average wages and controls for gender, race and ethnicity, education, age, and geographic division. The log of the hourly wage is the dependent variable.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata, https://microdata.epi.org.

View the underlying data on epi.org.