March 29, 2016
We recently reported on the best cities in the US for women in tech; DC came out on top due to a number of factors, including the fact that it has the narrowest pay gap between men and women in the country.
If you’re unaware of the gender pay gap issue in this country, then you’ve probably been living on another planet for the last…forever. It’s an issue that comes to light during every election cycle, but there never seems to be much progress. Nationally, across all industries, women still earn an average of $0.76 for every $1 their male counterparts make.
Glassdoor recently put out a report about which industries and jobs have the biggest pay gaps between men and women. Using hundreds of thousands of salaries that people have shared on Glassdoor, they were able to cull information on salaries from different industries, job titles, and even different countries. Aside from the US, they estimated the pay gap in four other countries: the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France. One takeaway from the report is that the pay gap is truly a global issue.
The report also analyzed the gender pay gap across different industries. The largest differences could be found in healthcare and insurance while the most equal-pay industries were aerospace & defense, agriculture & forestry, and biotech & pharmaceuticals.
When further broken down by occupation, it was disheartening to discover that the largest gap was among computer engineers, with males being paid almost 30 percent more than their female counterparts. Chefs, dentists, C-suite, and psychologists round out the top 5, all with males making more than 25 percent more than females.
It’s not all terrible news for women. There are a few occupations with very small pay gaps, and some where women, on average make more then men. Female event coordinators, logistics managers, those who work in food services, and internal medicine residents all get paid, on average, slightly (and I mean slightly) more than males in the same occupations. Of course, it’s a small percentage of all of the occupations that Glassdoor took into account, but if it’s possible to be optimistic, it could be the beginning signs of a larger shift.
Overall, the results are far from surprising and somewhat depressing, but hopefully this report will shed at least a tiny bit more light on this somewhat infuriating issue.
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