S.F.’s white city employees make 24% more than colleagues of color, audit finds – San Francisco Chronicle – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton requested the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office to audit the city employment practices. The audit showed white city employees continuing to significantly out-earn their colleagues of color on average.

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton requested the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office to audit the city employment practices. The audit showed white city employees continuing to significantly out-earn their colleagues of color on average.

Yalonda M. James/The Chronicle

An audit of San Francisco’s employment practices shows a city still grappling with workplace disparities amid a pandemic that saw more employees leave their jobs and fewer new hires to replace them.

The audit, which the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office released last week and does not address gender inequities, shows that the real disparity shows up in pay, with white employees making an average of $62.66 an hour during the 2020-2021 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2021, a rate that is 16% higher than the average hourly earning of $53.97.

The average hourly earnings for white employees were also 24.4% higher than the $44.78 an hour workers of color made on average last year, the audit reveals. This actually reflects a slight improvement from before the pandemic, when white city workers were outpacing their colleagues of color by more than 27% in hourly pay.

“The data shows kind of a mixed result,” said Dan Goncher, the principal analyst who conduct


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