[Note: article also includes information on pay gap affecting cos gay people as well]
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the pay disparity between cis men and women (and the even larger gap for PoC), however this discussion usually excludes how the pay gap affects trans* individuals.
The numbers are actually pretty shocking:
Transgender individuals also face significant wage disparities on the job. This is especially true for transgender women. One study found that the earnings of female transgender workers fell by nearly one-third [33%] following their gender transitions. Interestingly, that same study found that the earnings of male transgender workers slightly increased following their transition. As such, transgender men may actually experience a wage advantage rather than a wage penalty. This research strongly indicates that in addition to facing significant workplace discrimination in hiring and firing based on their gender identity, transgender women experience significant gaps in pay largely attributable to their gender.
This is actually comparable to cis men and women as well, as cis women make nearly 25% less than their cis male counterparts. However, trans women earn even less, and trans men do not make as much as their cis brethren. It also probably goes without saying (as the study ignored race data), that trans PoC most likely make even less than white trans people.