Gender and racial wage gaps exist even right out of high school: Average real wages for workers ages 17–20 with a high school degree and who are not enrolled, by gender and race/ethnicity, 2023

Demographic Wage
High school $16.31
Women $14.91
Men $17.35
White $16.07
Black $16.05
Hispanic $16.90
AAPI $15.79
Other $15.32

Notes: Data represent an average of the 12 months ending in March 2023. AAPI refers to Asian American and Pacific Islander. Race and ethnicity categories are mutually exclusive (i.e., white non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, AAPI non-Hispanic, and Hispanic any race).

Source: EPI analysis of the Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata, EPI Current Population Survey Extracts, Version 1.0.40 (2023),

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