New Council Report Shows Significant Gender And Racial Pay Disparity Among City Workers


A brand new report by the New York Metropolis Council highlights pay variations within the New York Metropolis municipal workforce, exhibiting male employees earned a median wage of $21,600 greater than ladies in 2018. The report was launched right now to line up with Black Girls’s Equal Pay Day, which acknowledges the 20 months a Black girl must work to realize the identical common pay a white man would make in twelve months.

The 79-page remaining report was compiled by the Council’s knowledge analyst crew, which assessed salaries earned in 2018 by greater than 160,000 employees, each union and non-union. (There are about 330,000 metropolis staff general.) The examine was drafted in accordance to a 2019 regulation mandating town launch wage knowledge to the Council for evaluation yearly. Such data was beforehand undisclosed to the Council, and advocates hope the supply will help shut the wage hole as earnings disparities persist citywide.

Analysts studied the salaries of employees in 36 companies managed by mayoral appointees, breaking down the info by company, base wage, job title, race, gender, and ethnicity.

The report illustrated a serious pay distinction between genders—the median wage for a person stood at $79,000, and $57,400 for a girl.

The report additionally highlighted the racial pay hole, and located that the median earnings of a white male worker was $19,713 greater than a Black male worker, and that for each $1 of a white male’s median earnings, a Black girl earned 66 cents on the greenback. Even when Black ladies have the identical job expertise, {qualifications}, and title as a white man, they’d be anticipated to earn 1.9% lower than a white man, in keeping with the report’s evaluation.

A chart from the study showing racial and gender pay disparity


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When it got here to women and men holding the identical job title on the identical company, there was additionally a giant pay distinction. The distinction in median earnings pay between women and men sanitation employees is $32,700. For women and men holding a title of a deputy metropolis sheriff, the median wage pay distinction was $28,400.

The report discovered pay disparity is pushed by “occupational segregation,” outlined as jobs historically dominated by one demographic. Analysts discovered that male-dominated companies such because the FDNY pay greater than companies with extra ladies or individuals of colour, such because the Human Assets Administration.

The best-paid administration submit within the FDNY went to a white male who made $234,100 in 2018. The best-paid administration submit in HRA went to a lady who made $140,800 the identical yr. Total, the report discovered the median wage on the FDNY was $85,292 whereas the median wage at HRA was $48,417. The FDNY’s workforce was 57% white in 2018, whereas HRA’s worker base was 53% Black.

A chart from the study showing racial and gender pay disparity at city agencies


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The 2019 Pay Fairness Regulation was handed after the Communication Employees of America Native 1180 union settled a yearslong pay discrimination lawsuit alleging town paid feminine administrative managers lower than males for many years. Town settled for $15 million.

“The findings on this report trace on the true info about employment discrimination and pay disparity, a fairly acquainted matter for many people who take care of it regularly,” Majority Chief Laurie Cumbo, who authored the invoice, mentioned in an announcement. “It exhibits clear, across-the-board discrimination of occupations which have a predominantly Black and brown workforce. It’s also unbelievable to see and confirm that the ‘glass ceiling’ of govt administration exists for individuals of colour throughout your entire metropolis workforce.”

The disclosures will doubtless assist push for higher pay parity, in keeping with Gloria Middleton, president of CWA Native 1180. In an interview with Gothamist/WNYC, Middleton mentioned with Mayor Invoice de Blasio approaching the top of his time period, the subsequent mayor ought to take up pay fairness by establishing an equal alternative committee.

The committee ought to look at how companies determine “who will get paid what,” mentioned Middleton, including, “Girls ought to have the ability to make the identical cash.” She famous that even in cases when feminine CWA members return to varsity to complete their diploma, they’re nonetheless not paid the identical quantity as male colleagues.

Suggestions highlighted within the report embody making a pipeline to permit extra ladies and minorities to use for higher-paying jobs held largely by white males, and requiring companies to regulate salaries after analyzing pay variations. “The individuals on the highest ranges shouldn’t be white males,” Middleton mentioned.

The mayor’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to remark over how it will tackle pay disparities.