The impact of wage gaps means that most Black households earn far below a living wage.
In terms of hourly wages:
- Poverty = $9.99/hour
- Black median income = $13.84.hour
- Living wage for 2 adults 1 child = $12.49/hour EACH, $24.99/hour TOTAL
- Living wage for 1 adult 2 children = $26.98/hour
With a median annual income of $28,800, half of single Black wage earners in families with two children cannot earn a living wage at a minimum wage job.
U.S. Census Bureau, calculations prepared by Center for Community Solutions