City Hall, NY – New York City Council’s 2022 Pay Equity Report finds pay inequities remain, particularly among women, and Black and Latino municipal workers. The 2022 NYC Council report reveals two persistent, large pay gaps in the City’s municipal workforce – one between Black, Latino, and white employees, and another between male and female employees.
The data confirms that non-white employees and female employees predominantly occupy civil service titles with the lowest median salaries, and the same groups represent a much smaller proportion of employees who occupy civil service titles with the highest median salaries. This produces an ‘occupational segregation’ that results in pay disparities. Female municipal employees on average make 73 cents for every dollar made by male employees; Black city workers on average make 71 cents to every dollar for white employees; Latino workers on average make 75 cents to every dollar for white employees, and Asian employees on average make 85 cents to every dollar for white employees.
“We have long been aware that, even within our municipal workforce, pay disparity exists along racial and gender lines,” said Speaker Adrienne Adams. “These pay inequities especially affect Black, Latina, and Asian women. As the most diverse and first women-majority Council, we will not rest until all New York City workers are valued equally with job salaries and opportunities for their contributions to our City regardless of gender or race.”
The legislation heard at the City Council on September 22, 2022, will require city agencies to include an analysis of compensation data to address pay disparity and occupational segregation. It will also mandate reporting on recruitment and retention efforts to expand diversity. Three proposed bills will be introduced on September 22nd addressing the disparity issue.
“The fight for gender and racial pay equity is a global dilemma that has persisted for far too long, and our women-majority City Council is continuing to push progress to close the gap in our city. Effectively addressing the roots of these disparities begins with data, which was the aim of the Pay Equity Law. Despite the great strides and attempts to mitigate the gap, the second round of findings demonstrates that disparities remain,” said Council Member Carmen De La Rosa, Chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor. “As Chair of the Civil Service and Labor Committee as well as the vice co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, I will continue working alongside Speaker Adams to find effective solutions that will ultimately strengthen our workforce.”