Fil-Ams, 2nd highest income earners among Asians in US

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2014 05:54 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2014 10:55 PM

MANILA – Filipino-Americans are earning more than most other Asians in the US, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. said.

Cuisia cited a recent US census done in 2010 that shows that the average income of Filipino-Americans is about $75,000 compared to the average income of the American which is about $49,000.

"Again, based on that census, the Filipino-Americans are the second highest among the Asians, second only to the Indians," Cuisia said.

The reason why the per capita income is high, according to Cuisia, was probably due to the great number of Fil-Ams in the healthcare sector.

"Doctors and nurses. You won't believe it but nurses make as much as $60,000-$70,000, especially the operating room nurses," he said. He added that doctors earn as much as $150,000 to $200,000 in the US.

The ambassador said Filipino-Americans in the US number about 3.4 million. In terms of number, Filipino-Americans are the second largest minority among Asians, second only to the Chinese.

"Many of these Filipino-Americans are doing very well in the US," he said, adding that this may be one of the reasons why many Filipinos still look at America as the land of opportunities.

"They look at US as their dreamland. They would like to go to the US if only they could, especially if they have relatives who do quite well in the US," he said.

Despite the big number of Fil-Ams, Cuisia said they are still not adequately represented in the US Congress.

"When they have good jobs and they are doing well, they don't seem to care. They don't even register. They don't even vote. And this is what I am advocating now, especially in the younger generation, that you have to register and vote because you should be concerned about your future. You have to have a hand in shaping that future," he explained.

But the ambassador is not losing hope that more Filipinos will soon be politically involved in the US.

"We should ensure we have some representation. I think in the younger generation we will have a better chance," he said. Report from ANC, Inside Business