Half of white food workers earn $25,024 a year, while workers of color make $5,675 less than that. This wage gap plays out in all four sectors of the food systemproduction, processing, distribution and servicewith largest income divides occurring in the food processing and distribution sectors. Women working in the food chain draw further penalties in wages, especially women of color. For every dollar a white male worker earns, women of color earn almost half of that.
Of course, like comparisons between the wages of public and private sector workers, there may be other variables contributing to this gap.