Which Race Earns Most in US? The Numbers May Surprise You

If you think members of the good old white boys club sit comfortably on top of the salary food chain in the US, surprise surprise! It's Asians who earn the most, according to the numbers recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median full time wage for an Asian man was $941 in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The latest findings show that median earnings for white men working at full-time jobs came in at $850 in the fourth quarter, while their African American counterparts made $653 per week, or 76.8 percent of what whites are bringing home. But it's the Hispanics who really feel the pain: They take home the lowest weekly average; $547. That's $581 for males, and $503 for females.

But at least everyone, blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, males and females earned more in the fourth quarter of 2009 than they did in the fourth quarter of 2008. Median weekly earnings are up 2.7 percent across the board.

Interestingly enough, racial differences in median weekly salaries are less among women than they are among men. Median earnings for black women ($610) were 89.8 percent of those for white women ($679). And it's still Asian women who average the highest earnings, at $786, and Latinas who average the lowest, at $512.

We can leave it to the sociologists and number crunchers to figure out why and how the racial and gender disparities exist, but what I want to know is where those of us women of Scandinavian descent fit in.

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Blaine

The Asians are one culture who do not spend money in restaurants, stores or businesses other than their own. They hire their kind only and they set up shop in the finest & poorest of neighborhoods and dare not allow you to escape for a penny. People could hold off on the "Chinese tonight," and begin growing their own fingernails and painting their own toes; could save and have as much money as the Asians. I wonder where would they be?

February 11 2010 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy

WOW!! We Americans have a long way to go. I sometimes wonder why a person would leave all behind and come to a country and not learn the language. Face it every person on this earth has a different educational background. Some better w/ math others better w/ grammar/spelling of whatever their native language. Thus, we all having learning barriers and styles. We are all people. We need to respect each other's diversity and show some compassion. Yes, I agree if you come here to live a person should learn the language and become a citizen the documented way. I don't believe in taking pot shots at people when they given opinions either; each of us have those and are permitted to have them. It is called respect and agreeing to disagree. We go to school to become educated in this country; let's use what we've been blessed with. I encourage us all to step up and be a better person than one who bashes another for not sharing the same opinion.
Diversity is what make the world what it is.

January 28 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JRight

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January 25 2010 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

People that put together these statistics neglect the fact there are other factors other than ethnicity/race that may contribute to the perceived numbers. For example, does this cross section take into account the parent’s economic groups? I would think it would; my intuition is that a Caucasian person coming from a lower class family is likely to make less on average than say a Hispanic person that comes from a middle class upbringing.

I wonder if the numbers would be same if they sampled within 1 socio-economic group.

January 25 2010 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BigWong

LOL, we win at life. To be fair, most of the Asian who makes the most money are Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Japanese. There are a lot Chinese and Indian PhD's These people are usually from well educated family, unlike war refugees like South East Asian.

While hispanics and blacks are historically had much tougher time. Also, Hispanics and blacks don't have awesome food that everyone likes, which create a foundation for wealth.

Asians also got most of nail salons, black hair stores, a lot of Asians restaurants, laundry mat, dry cleaners, local Asian grocery stores, 99c stores, cheap interstate motel (Indians).

January 25 2010 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DaveZhang

@BigWong. I strongly disagree with your comment due to its extreme level of stupidity. You know, the ironic thing is that most of the hair saloon, grocery stores, and dry cleaners are build by war refugees from Asia (Vietnamese and Koreans) to feed their family. Are you trying to say that South East Asians are uneducated and cannot make as much money as East Asian? Please! You are being a shame to us. If that's what you meant, give me evidence or it's worthless. I don't really know how you were raised as a child but (please!) (please!) do not consider yourself Asian. You are not one of us. Because Asians embraces all Asians of all nationality, that's how we survived to this day. I suggest that you go outside and get to know the South East Asian people by heart before you bash them on your idiotic comment. Good luck!

January 05 2014 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BigWong

LOL, we win at life. To be fair, most of the Asian who makes the most money are Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Japanese. There are a lot Chinese and Indian PhD's These people are usually from well educated family, unlike war refugees like South East Asian.

While hispanics and blacks are historically had much tougher time. Also, Hispanics and blacks don't have awesome food that everyone likes, which create a foundation for wealth.

Asians also got most of nail salons, black hair stores, a lot of Asians restaurants, laundry mat, dry cleaners, local Asian grocery stores, 99c stores, cheap interstate motel (Indians).

January 25 2010 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mostberg

Whether we like or not Asians as a group do work harder (probably more accurately work smarter) in school and in work. A good example was in New Orleans where they recovered their business far faster than others in the community. But it is true in whatever they do. The only "fools" that some critics in here label are those who refuse to learn from this and instead just name call and get mad. Making the most of our lives is still up to the person you see in the mirror. You are not helpless.

January 24 2010 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
roy

It's got to be the cat meat!

January 24 2010 at 9:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JRight

Kev - I only had the pleasure of interviewing the Australian Major - they face similar situations, have restricted immigration very tightly from SE Asia and have made efforts to preserve and respect the culture of the native people for far longer than we have. Not having been enslaved or hunted as were the American Indians- the aboriginies of Australia do not bear nearly as much damage to their cultural ways. Thank you for your reply / question.

January 24 2010 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JRight

Rachel - I meant no slight to the other groups - there is a lack of access to one you mentioned and the SA intellects do indeed exist - just a matter of convenience. Perhaps it is time for the others to address me. In closing all these remarks were either a psychological test of those who responded and/or a linguistic test of the very very great difference between Aryan Phenotype and Aryan Nation. The phenotype is biological the other political. Your reply was thoughtful. Thank you.

January 24 2010 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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