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Who’s earning the most? It’s not straight white men

A recent survey shows that straight white males are no longer the dominant breadwinners in the U.S.

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LBGT) workers now appear to be the most likely to earn six figures, according to a new CareerBuilder survey (PDF).

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, asked 2,527 U.S. workers (employed full-time; not self-employed; ages 18 and over) about their salaries job responsibilities and plans for career advancement.

It was conducted from Feb. 21 to March 10, 2011 and asked respondents to identify themselves by ethnicity and sexual orientation.

The highlights:

Who makes $100,000+ per year?

  • LGBT, 18%
  • White men, 17%
  • Asians, 14%
  • Workers with disabilities, 14%
  • African Americans, 8%
  • Hispanics, 8%
  • Women, 6%

Who makes $50,000 to $99,999?

  • Asians, 48%
  • LGBT, 45%
  • African Americans, 45%
  • White men, 42%
  • Hispanics, 35%
  • Women, 35%
  • Disabled workers, 23%

Who makes less than $50,000?

  • Disabled workers, 58%
  • Women, 52%
  • Hispanics, 51%
  • African Americans, 42%
  • LGBT, 32%
  • White men, 31%
  • Asians, 25%

Who feels discriminated against?

  • African Americans, 25%
  • Disabled workers, 22%
  • Hispanics, 21%
  • Women, 19%
  • LGBT, 18
  • White men, 14%
  • Asians, 11%

Who’s in management?

  • White men, 26% (20% hold an entry-level position)
  • LGBT, 22% (29% are entry-level)
  • Workers with disabilities, 18% (20% are entry-level)
  • Hispanics, 16% (49% are entry-level)
  • Women, 15% (40% are entry-level)
  • African Americans, 15% (35% are entry-level)
  • Asians, 11% (20% are entry-level)

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  • Magyarul

    Let’s be clear about what this survey is and is not saying tho. This is not saying that 18% of transgender people are earning $100k or that there are more workers with disabilities earning $100k than there are women earning $100k.
    What would be more insightful would be to see, for example, of individuals with disabilities, how many met the survey criteria (fully employed) and then the pay percentages of that group. If a much smaller percentage of disabled employees are able to find full employment, than the fact that those who can find full employment are earning more, suggests that one has be highly skilled and motivated to get that job in the first place. It does not suggest that if you were to have a cohort of equally skilled and motivated individuals, the LGBT individuals would get paid the most.

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