Black and Hispanic child care workers would see larger pay increases than white workers from the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 (RTWA): Pay increases for child care workers affected by the RTWA, by gender and race/ethnicity, projected for 2025

Group Average hourly increase in real earnings (2021$) Change in average real annual earnings (year-round workers) (2021$)
Overall $1.94 $2,900
Female $1.93 $2,900
Male $2.14 $2,900
White $1.97 $2,800
Black $1.91 $3,200
Hispanic $1.89 $3,100
AAPI $1.72 $2,300

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).

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