Indian-Americans are the highest-paid Asian-Americans, according to a new U.S. Labor Department report.
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Using data from the 2015 Current Population Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Labor Department found
that full-time, Indian-American workers had median and average weekly earnings of $1,346 and $1,464, respectively.
The group was followed by Japanese-, Chinese-, Korean- and Filipino-Americans.
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In general, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) had median and average weekly earnings of $969 and $1,183, slightly more than Whites who raked $900 and $1,090.
Blacks and Hispanics earned the least. The former was paid $640 (median) and $809 (average), while the latter earned $600 and $765.
Lead researcher Keith Miller said (via Wall Street Journal
) AAPI’s general success “can mask some really important differences in what’s going on within the subgroups.”
For instance, Filipinos only earned 64% of the Indians’ weekly median pay, while just a third of Vietnamese had a bachelor’s degree compared to 60% of Koreans.
Interestingly, there were also differences between sexes. Male Indian-Americans had $1,500 as median weekly earnings, while females got $1,115 — a disparity of 26%.
The least difference of 4% was between male and female Japanese-Americans, who received $900 and $865, respectively, as median weekly earnings.