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In recent years, corporate social responsibility policies and an international focus on workplace inclusion have led to an increase in workers’ quality of life and an attempt to end workplace discrimination. Past discrimination research has found many barriers to entry for people with disabilities, a group subject to discrimination based on their perceived competence from the perceptions of employers, co-employees, and customers. Along with negative perceptions, studies find people with disabilities to be subject to wage discrimination. This exploratory study uses the National Longitudinal Study of Youth of 1997 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to understand how much human capital characteristics affect a person with a disability’s average income in the labor market in 2010 and 2015. The findings of this study show that people with disabilities do experience income disparities compared to people without disabilities across time. In particular, people with mental disabilities experience the biggest effect of income gap.