Federal Worker Pay By Race: Asians, Whites Make The Most

The federal government is the single biggest industry in D.C., and how much employees earn varies by race, according to a new report by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

Asian Americans earn an average of $53,401 a year. The average yearly salary for whites is $50,349; for Hispanics, the average is $49,873; and for African Americans, the average is $44,333. The average federal government salary among all races is $45,771 a year. Pay depends on General Schedule levels, and those groups who make more tend to hold higher pay grades.

Job cuts in the public sector have particularly hurt the black middle class, since African Americans hold a disproportionately high number of government jobs.

The EEOC report found diversity hiring generally held study from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2010. Progress has been slightly more marked with women, Latinos, blacks and Asians have making the biggest gains in securing senior-level positions, according to an EEOC release. However, hiring of Latinos, multiracial men and white women remains below the overall national workforce averages, the release said.

Also, in the last decade, the percentage of blacks in the federal workforce has decreased, from 8.11 percent of black men in 2001 to 7.68 percent in 2010, and from 10.63 percent of black women in 2001 to 10.26 percent in 2010.

“This report shows that while the federal government is a leader in employing a diverse workforce, specific areas for improvement remain,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien in a statement.

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