Survey Finds LGBT and Other Diverse Workers Now Out-Earn Straight White Guys
Straight, white guys it seems are no longer the dominant force is the American work place. Those classified as "diverse" are the biggest breadwinners, with those in the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) category most likely to make over $100,000, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder.
To be specific, the CareerBuilder survey found that LGBT workers were the most likely of all segments to earn six figures and, along with Asians, the most likely to earn $50,000 or more (62 percent). That's 2 percent higher than non-diverse workers.
In fact, non-diverse workers, defined as Caucasian males who are not LGBT and not disabled, no longer make up the majority of the workforce. Women now hold down half of all jobs in the U.S. Even though some diverse workers are out-earning everyone else, there is a question as to whether they are being treated equally? According to the survey, which polled more than 1,300 diverse workers, they're not.
One of the aims of the survey was to gauge how their work experience has evolved with their growing proportions in the U.S. workforce. "The U.S. workplace has experienced fundamental shifts over the last two decades that have had a major impact on business, including economic downturns, the introduction of new technology and the strengthening of laws designed to promote equality," said Dr. Sanja Licina, senior director of Talent Intelligence & Consulting at CareerBuilder. "While companies have made strides in creating an inclusive workplace for all workers, there is still work to be done, especially in the areas of hiring, compensation and career advancement."
For example, the survey findings show that there are still inequalities between diverse and non-diverse segments in pay, career advancement and feelings of discrimination. Women and Hispanic workers were twice as likely to hold an administrative or clerical/entry-level job as non-diverse workers. African American workers were nearly twice as likely. More than half of women, Hispanics, and workers with disabilities reported earning less than $50,000, compared to 3-in-10 for non-diverse workers.
It should come as no surprise that the non-diverse workers now are feeling discriminated against -- more than half, at 51 percent, feel diverse workers have a better chance of landing a new job. Thirty-four percent of diverse workers agree.
But most diverse workers don't see their status as an advantage in applying for a new position. Two-thirds of diverse workers don't market themselves as diverse when looking for a job, and of these workers, a quarter believe that marketing themselves as diverse will lessen their chances of getting a job interview. In a word, it's "complicated."
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist and author of Career Comeback--Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want. Her work has been translated into 20 different languages, and she is a frequent expert guest and commentator on news and talk shows. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today, CNBC, Fox Business News, Dr. Phil, Oprah.com and many other media outlets. Lisa discusses her AOL pieces each week and interviews vital guests on the web TV show, This Week in Careers. Learn more on LisaJohnsonMandell.com.