African-Americans are more likely to get hired, but get paid less in tech industry

By | February 13, 2017

For all its so-called innovation and egalitarianism, Silicon Valley may remain just as problematic as the rest of America when it comes to the pay gap between African-American and white workers.

According to a study by Hired, a San Francisco-based tech worker recruiting firm, the average African-American candidate is 49% more likely to get hired than the average white candidate in the tech industry’s two largest markets, San Francisco and New York.

But when it comes to actual salaries, African-American tech workers — software engineers, in particular — woefully fall behind. According to the report, that’s because they ask for and receive significantly lower salaries: $113,000 and $115,000, respectively, versus their white counterparts who ask for and receive salaries $10,000 more on average.

Hired based its findings on salary data it gathered from over 280,000 interview requests and jobs offers over the last 12 months from over 45,000 job seekers. Those findings may seem counterintuitive given African-Americans as of last spring made up just a small fraction of the predominantly white and Asian male workforces found at many large technology companies. The workforces at many large tech companies on average were 71% men, 29% women, 60% white, 23% Asian and just 7% black, “PBS Newshour” reported in March 2016, citing analysis at the leading tech firms that report such numbers. (Yahoo Finance)

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