A Bright Spot in Tech’s Gender Gap

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Few women, such as Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, make it to the top spots at technology companies. But when they do, Dice found the pay on average was equal to men with similar experience.

The technology world is still run by men. They have more than 80 percent of the software developer jobs, according to the U.S.  Bureau of Labor Statistics. And they hold most of the leadership positions.

But there’s good news for the Marissa Mayers of the world. The rare woman who does manage to hack her way to a top technology job is paid the same on average as a man in that position, as long as they have the same experience, according to a report by Dice, which tracks corporate compensation. That’s been true since at least 2007, Dice found as part of historical research for Bloomberg.com.

The study, which examined information-technology jobs in various industries, found that while there’s equality for men and women in comparable positions, women tend to end up in less lucrative jobs. Women in those jobs make an average salary of $87,527, while men make $95,929, according to Dice. If only there were more ladies leading teams.

“It’s obviously very encouraging that women in the same position are making the same amount, but why do they end up in different positions?” Shelley Correll, a Stanford University professor who specializes in gender research, said in an interview.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and “Lean In” author who is on a whirlwind media tour to promote her book about female business leadership, has said the gap is a result of a combination of factors. Many women leave the workforce before they have to, decide not to take on larger projects, or lack the confidence in their qualifications to apply for promotions, according to Sandberg. So she’s been advocating for women to be more assertive at the office.

Besides equal pay for men and women in the same jobs, there is another commonality between the genders: Dice found that nearly half of all male and female business professionals were not satisfied with how much money they made.


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