Study: Straight White Males No Longer The Highest-Paid

As a group, white straight males are no longer the highest salary earners in the country. That distinction now goes to the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender workers, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com. The survey asked 2,527 full-time workers about their salaries, their job responsibilities, and their plans for career advancement.

CareerBuilder applauds the high pay earned by some so-called diverse groups as a step toward more equality in the workplace. The relative economic success of LBGT workers, as shown in this study, is especially interesting given that anti-discrimination laws protect women, racial minorities, and workers with disabilities, but only 32 states prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Here's who's earning what, how they're doing it, and how that might change:

Who makes $100,000 a year or more?

  • LBGT: 18%
  • Straight white men: 17%
  • African Americans: 8%
  • Asians: 14 %
  • Workers with disabilities: 14%
  • Hispanics: 8%
  • Women: 6%
Who makes less than $50,000 a year?
  • Workers with disabilities: 58%
  • Women: 52%
  • Hispanics: 51%
  • African Americans: 42%
  • Straight white men: 31%
  • LBGT: 32%
  • Asians: 25%
Who's in management?
  • Straight white men: 26%
  • LBGT: 22%
  • Workers with disabilities: 18%
  • Hispanics: 16%
  • Women: 15%
  • African Americans: 15%
  • Asians: 11%
Who holds an entry-level or administrative job?
  • Hispanics: 49%
  • Women: 40%
  • African Americans: 35%
  • LBGT: 29%
  • Asians: 20%
  • Workers with disabilities: 20%
  • Straight white men: 20%
Who says they have been discriminated against in their current job?
  • African Americans: 25%
  • Workers with disabilities: 22%
  • Hispanics: 21%
  • Women: 19%
  • LGBT: 18%
  • Straight white men: 14%
  • Asians: 11%
Who will be looking to change jobs as the economy improves?
  • Asians: 47%
  • African Americans: 43%
  • Workers with disabilities: 42%
  • LGBT: 35%
  • Hispanics: 35%
  • Women: 31%
  • Straight white men: 30%
Are these numbers a sign of progress, or of just the opposite?

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Kimberly Weisul is a freelance writer, editor and editorial consultant. Follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/weisul.