According to a new report from Hired, black people are 49 percent more likely to get a tech job than other races, but earn $10,000 less per year on average in two key tech cities.
On average, white software engineers request salaries around $126,000 and gets around $125,000. Black software engineers get $115,000.
While the tech industry prides itself on being a meritocracy where socioeconomic status does not matter, the data show certain demographics have an edge.
By the numbers
- Latino job-seekers in tech are 26 percent less likely to be hired than a white job-seeker and earns $5,000 less per year on average
- Asian job-seekers are 45 percent less likely to be hired and earn $2,000 less per year on average
- Job-seekers between the ages of 50 and 60 earn $132,000 per year, which is about as much as people 10 years younger earn in the field
Hired's report said it wasn't clear why black people were more likely to be hired, citing the possibility of diversity initiatives, a lower preferred salary or both.
Overall, tech salaries in the U.S. are still the highest in the world. The report argues this is due to the "maturity" of the U.S. tech sector.
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