I’ve seen a couple of articles recently arguing that there is no gender pay gap. The first was based on “research” from a right-wing think tank, which immediately undermines its credibility. This second piece is from a company called Dice, and argues that the pay gap can be entirely explained by women not being in more senior roles.
I can’t help feel a little suspicious about these results, given the use of creative statistics to twist the truth that right-wing think tanks have used in, I suspect, an effort to justify ignoring equality issues. Ken, would love your view on this!!
Is there a gender pay gap in tech? This is a question that has long been debated in tech circles. Taking tech salary data at face value, it would appear as though the answer is a clear-cut ‘yes’. For instance, Dice’s latest Salary Survey shows that on average, men earned $91,362 in 2014, nearly $10,000 more than the $81,651 women made on average during the same time period. If you look more closely, however, it becomes clear that these numbers do not paint an entirely accurate picture, as they fail to consider two key variables that factor into earned salaries: years of experience and level of education. Once controlling for these variables, average salaries for male and female tech professionals with parallel job titles are relatively equal, with companies placing more heavily weighted significance on the number of years a professional has in the industry.
While the data indicates a lack of a gender pay gap in tech once experience and education are taken into account, it does unearth a position gap, which appears to more accurately explain the earnings differential between men and women in tech. According to the most recent Dice Salary Survey, the two groups tend to hold different positions. In fact, with the exception of Project Manager and Applications Developer, there are no other positions that overlap in the Top Ten Occupations Lists for men and women. There is, however, a significant salary differential between the two lists.