The gap between the average salary offered to black tech professionals and that offered to white tech professionals is closing at a snail’s pace. According to a recent analysis by job search firm Hired, in 2019 black tech professionals were offered an average of US $10,000 a year less than white tech workers. That’s slightly better than the 2018 gap of $11,000, but not much.
Meanwhile, Hispanic tech professionals lag $3000 behind their white counterparts, down from $7000 in 2018. Asians, having pulled ahead in recent years, continue to command a slight edge in average salaries over their white colleagues.
These numbers came from Hired’s analysis of 425,000 interview requests and job offers made to tech professionals in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom during 2019, published as part of Hired’s 2020 State of Salaries report.
Within each racial group, tech professionals who identified themselves as female received lower average salary offers than their male counterparts, according to Hired’s 2020 State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace report, released in March.
Tekla S. Perry is a senior editor based in Palo Alto, Calif., where she’s been covering the people, companies, and technology that make Silicon Valley a special place for more than 30 years. Perry started reporting on California tech companies from IEEE Spectrum’s New York office in the early 1980s, before relocating to the Bay Area full time in 1986. She has the privilege of having a front-row seat as tech history is being made, including the early days of video games, the growth of the personal computer industry, the rise and fall of Xerox PARC, and the incredible startup boom in Silicon Valley today. She has conducted in-depth interviews with a host of tech pioneers, including Gordon Moore, Andy Grove, Robert Noyce, David Packard, Irwin Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi, Jim Clark, Ray Dolby, Alan Kay, Adam Osborne, Gene Amdhal, Gary Kildall, Gordon Bell, Steve Wozniak, Marissa Mayer, Elon Musk, and Nolan Bushnell.
Besides covering Silicon Valley and startups in print and in her blog, View From the Valley, Perry follows trends in consumer electronics technology around the world. An IEEE member, she holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.