Women and Black child care workers would be particularly likely to see a raise under the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 (RTWA): Numbers and shares of child care workers affected by the RTWA, by gender and race/ethnicity, projected for 2025

Group Total child care workers (thousands) Number affected (thousands) Share affected
Overall 1,288 561 43.5%
Female 1,221 535 43.8%
Male 67 26 38.3%
White 707 327 46.2%
Black 217 106 48.5%
Hispanic 265 97 36.4%
AAPI 55 13 24.0%

Notes: AAPI stands for Asian American/Pacific Islander. “Child care workers” refers to workers in the “Child care” or “Pre-K and kindergarten teachers” occupation classifications (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Community Survey), excluding those who work in the “Elementary and secondary schools” industry.

Source: Economic Policy Institute Minimum Wage Simulation Model; see Technical Methodology by Cooper, Mokhiber, and Zipperer (2019).

View the underlying data on epi.org.