June 02, 2005
In 2004, the median usual weekly earnings of foreign-born full-time wage and salary workers ($502), were 75.6 percent of those of their native-born counterparts ($664).
The earnings of foreign-born men ($518) were 69.1 percent of those of native-born men ($749), while foreign-born women had earnings ($473) that were 81.0 percent of those of native-born women ($585).
The foreign-to-native-born earnings gap is narrower at higher education levels. For example, the median usual weekly earnings of foreign-born full time wage and salary workers with a bachelor's degree or higher ($943) were 94.9 percent of those of their native-born counterparts ($994) in 2004.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Earnings of foreign-born workers, 2004 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/may/wk5/art03.htm (visited November 25, 2015).
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