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The Latina Pay Gap by the Numbers

November 20, 2019, is Latina Equal Pay Day. That means Latinas had to work all of 2018 and until this day in 2019 to catch up with what white men were paid in 2018 alone. No matter what their job, where they live, or how much education or experience they have, Latinas are still paid less than white men.1 Get the facts about the pay gap and its impact on Latinas and their families.

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On average, Latinas in the U.S. are paid 46% less than white men and 31% less than white women.2

Latinas are paid less than white men for doing the very same jobs

And it’s not because Latinas are not doing their part. They ask for promotions and raises at higher rates than white men, but they get worse results.6 Figure7

The pay gap actually widens for women at higher education levels8

The gap is largest for Latinas who have bachelor’s and advanced degrees.

The pay gap starts early—and grows

From age 16, Latina girls are paid less than boys the same age—and the gap only grows from there.9

The gap hurts women and families

Lower earnings for Latinas means less money for their families, especially since more than half of Latina mothers are the main breadwinners for their households.10 This impacts families’ ability to buy groceries, pay for childcare, invest in their children’s education, and more.11

If paid fairly, the average latina... ... would earn over $1.1 million more over the course of her career.13

If paid fairly, the average latina... ... could, on average, afford more than 2 extra years of rent each year.14

Footnotes

  1. Elise Gould and Adriana Kugler, “Latina workers have to work 10 months into 2017 to be paid the same as white non-Hispanic men in 2016,” Working Economics Blog (November 1, 2017), https://www.epi.org/blog/latina-workers-have-to-work-10-months-into-2017-to-be-paid-the-same-as-white-non-hispanic-men-in-2016.
  2. Latinas are paid 54.47 cents for every $1 that white men earn, leading to a pay gap for Latinas of 45.5% (which we have rounded to 46%). The 31% gap between Latinas and white women is calculated by Lean In based on IWPR numbers. Source for pay gap numbers: Ariane Hegewisch and Adiam Tesfaselassie, “The Gender Wage Gap: 2018; Earnings Differences by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity,” Institute for Women’s Policy Research (September 11, 2019), https://iwpr.org/publications/annual-gender-wage-gap-2018/. Latinas are paid $0.53 for every $1 that white men earn, leading to a pay gap for Latinas of 47%. The 31% gap between Latinas and white women is calculated by Lean In based on IWPR numbers.
  3. This SurveyMonkey/LeanIn.Org poll was conducted online from October 25-29, 2019 among a total sample of 5,690 adults age 18 and over living in the United States. The modeled error estimate for the full sample is +/- 2 percentage points, and for Latinas +/-7 percentage points. Data have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States age 18 and over
  4. Ibid.
  5. LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company, Women in the Workplace 2019 (October 2019), womenintheworkplace.org
  6. Ibid.
  7. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (2018), PINC-06, Occupation of Longest Job in 2018—People 15 Years Old and Over, by Total Money Earnings in 2018, Work Experience in 2018, Race, Hispanic Origin, and Sex. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/income-poverty/cps-pinc/pinc-06.2018.html. Calculation based on the median annual earnings of workers employed full-time, year-round.
  8. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Weekly and hourly earnings data from the Current Population Survey,” https://data.bls.gov/PDQWeb/le.
  9. Ibid.
  10. National Partnership for Women & Families, “America’s Women and the Wage Gap” (September 2019) http://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/resources/economic-justice/fair-pay/americas-women-and-the-wage-gap.pdf.
  11. National Partnership for Women & Families, “Fact Sheet: Latinas and the Wage Gap” (November 2018), http://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/resources/economic-justice/fair-pay/latinas-wage-gap.pdf.
  12. National Women’s Law Center, “The Lifetime Wage Gap, State by State” (March 2019), https://nwlc.org/resources/the-lifetime-wage-gap-state-by-state/.
  13. Note: This compares median wages for Latinas working full-time, year-round in the United States to annual median wages for white non-Hispanic men. National Partnership for Women & Families, “Fact Sheet: Latinas and the Wage Gap” (April 2019), http://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/resources/economic-justice/fair-pay/latinas-wage-gap.pdf./