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Who Is The Superior Race?


So who is the superior race when it comes to yearly income? Do whites top the charts with their earnings, and how much do each of these races make? Let’s dig in and see who earns the most and how they found themselves as the highest-earning race in the USA!

The Incomes in 2012

This year doesn’t offer us any surprises when it comes to various races and their income ranking, but I’m guessing that many of you aren’t aware that Whites are not the master race when it comes to income, and they haven’t been since the census started tracking it in 1987. Take a look at the chart below. Asians beat out the rest of the races with a median income of $65,129, and Whites follow them in a distant second at $55,412. Then it’s Hispanics and Blacks with $38,624  and $32,229, respectively.

So Why Do The Asians Average More?

Since employers aren’t supposed to base their hiring decisions on race, age, or gender, what is it that makes Asians 15% more valuable than Whites?

1) The College Degree – More than 60% of Asian American workers have a bachelor’s degree compared to only 40% of Whites. This naturally earns them a higher income right out of the gate, both because they have that special peice of paper, and because a college degree can earn you a higher skill job, which means more income.

2) Career Women – We all know that women typically earn less than men because they’re believed to take more time away from work – both with pregnancies and because they’re tending to their young children during work hours. Asain women are breaking the mold on this stereotype though. They are hard-working, and provide no excuses for their absense. With their strong devotion to their career, employers are happy to hire the Asian race, both men and women.

3) Advantage of the Immigrants – It has become a known fact that immigrants are more likely to become extremely wealthy than those that were born and raised in America. The explanation is simple – non-immigrants don’t understand how huge of an opportunity they have here in the USA. Asians that immigrate into the US typically make far more than any other category because they know how lucky they are.

The Lasting Superiority of Asian Americans

It’s official. Asians make, on average, more money than any other race in the U.S., but will it last? In my opinion, almost certainly yes. The average White American is far too complacent today. And, on top of that, they believe that the government is in charge of their success. The sense of entitlement is astounding.

Asian Americans, on the other hand, seem to have far more drive than any other race. If they can’t find a job, they don’t just blame the goverment like a typical American citizen. They either continue to search for work until they are successful, or they make a job for themselves by starting their own business!

What do you think about the incomes of the various races in America? Will the Asian race


AUTHOR Derek Sall

Derek has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's in Business. As a finance manager in the corporate world, he regularly identified and solved problems at the C-suite level. Today, Derek isn't interested in helping big companies. Instead, he's helping individuals win financially--one email, one article, one person at a time.


  1. I am not surprised by these stats and I don’t see them changing anytime soon. I am not willing to make assumptions based on the data though because they would just be assumptions not facts.

    • I don’t see them changing very soon either. Actually, I see the gap between whites, hispanics, and blacks narrowing in the near future.

  2. Good points Derek! But, I think this also depends not just to race, but to how a person was raised. In most cases, Asian Americans need to earn a lot because they have a stronger sense of responsibility towards family, so those who are already experiencing the great American dream have to work hard to send money to relatives back home.

    • Great comment TCI. There is definitely a stronger family bond between Asian Americans, which increases the desire to earn more and provide for their families both locally and overseas.

    • It also seems (based only on my personal observations) that many Asian American parents place a higher priority on education than white parents. There is more of an expectation to do well in school and poor grades are not acceptable. I think a lot of white parents are more lenient when it comes to doing well in school – they want their children to do well and succeed, but they don’t push them as hard as they could.

      • Good point Jen Y. There’s definitely a harder push for education. Thanks for the comment!

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