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Most California businesses still led by white men

By Phillip Reese -

The top executives at California businesses don't reflect the state's growing ethnic diversity, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Equal Employment Commission.

About 55 percent of the state's 96,000 top business executives are white men. By comparison, white men make up about 20 percent of the state's population, census figures show.

Blacks and Hispanics are the most underrepresented ethnic groups among top executives. Blacks make up 6 percent of the state's population but only 2 percent of its top executives. About 38 percent of the state's residents are Hispanic, compared to 7 percent of its top executives.

A gender gap persists, too: About 72 percent of the state's top executives are men.

Business executives are among the highest-paid California workers. The average annual wage for California chief executives is roughly $190,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. General and Operations managers make an average wage of $125,000. The average full-time, annual wage for all Californians, including rank-and-file workers, is about $53,000.

The proportion of businesses led by white men in California fell by about 1 percentage point between 2007 and 2013, the figures show.

The top chart shows the ethnic makeup of California's population. The bottom chart shows the ethnic makeup of its CEOs.

Source: U.S. EEOC | Data comes from the EEO-1 file collected annually by the federal government from every private employer with more than 100 workers or federal contractors with more than 50 workers. | Shown are workers classified as "Executive/Senior Level Officials & Managers."

Updated with salary information for managers at 9 AM on 3/17/15.