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Black Tech Professionals Still Paid Less Than Their White Colleagues


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A representation of the difference in pay levels.

Black technology professionals last year were offered an average yearly wage of $10,000 less than white workers, according to estimates by job search firm Hired.

Credit: Lilli Carr

Job search firm Hired estimates black technology professionals last year were offered an average yearly wage of $10,000 less than white workers, a minor improvement over the 2018 gap of $11,000.

Hispanic tech professionals currently earn $3,000 less than whites, down from the $7,000 deficit seen in 2019, while Asian professionals earn slightly more than their white peers.

Tech professionals in each racial group identifying as female received lower average salary offers than men.

Tech salaries in the San Francisco Bay Area topped the list, averaging $155,000 for a 7% year-over-year gain; tech workers in Austin, TX, and Toronto, Canada, experienced the highest boost in salary offers, at 10% over 2018.

Although Hired's findings that tech salaries in 2019 increased in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. were promising, closures and mass layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic have created widescale uncertainty.

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