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Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

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Intel Is First to Share Detailed Pay Disparities. It’s Not Flattering.

New transparency shows familiar old divisions, with white and Asian men earning the most. The company says disclosure is a crucial step.

It’s not really a surprise that white and Asian men dominate the top pay tiers among Intel’s U.S. workforce. That’s been true in the tech industry for years. What’s unusual is the excruciating level of detail about pay disparity the chipmaker is releasing Tuesday to the public—information it could have kept secret.

In addition to its annual update on the outlook for women and people of color at the company, Intel on Tuesday released the results of a new report it sent to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that gives unprecedented pay, race and gender data for about 51,000 U.S. workers. Intel is the first company to release the otherwise private data.