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Some Trans Employment And Income Numbers

Sometimes, numbers tell a story.


Here are some transgender employment and income numbers from two California studies. The statistical population sizes are small, but then again so are the actual number of out transpeople.


– Information from a 2006 survey by the Transgender Law Center:

* Nearly 60% respondents earn under $15,300 annually

* Only 8% earn over $45,900

* Only 25% are working full-time

* 16% were working part-time

* Nearly 9% have no source of income

* Over 57% percent report experiencing employment discrimination, but only a little over 12% have filed an administrative or civil complaint as a result.

– Information from a 2004 Needs Assessment of San Diego’s transgender population (the study was funded by the California Endowment):

* More than half (57%) of transgender people had incomes below $20,000 a year; 36.3% respondents earned under $10,000 annually

* Only 14% earned $50,000 or more annually

* 9% were working part-time

* As of November 2004, San Diego County had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 3.2%; as a comparison, the San Diego Transgender unemployment rate was 37.3%.

* 14.2% reported that they recently experienced stigma related to transgender issues while in the workplace.

* 8.2% reported that they avoid employment because they experienced workplace discrimination in the past.

There isn’t a lot of hard data out there on transgender employment and incomes. What little there is paints a pretty grim picture.

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