Employers routinely offer women lower salaries than men for the same tech jobs, according to a new study by jobs site Hired.com.
Their annual report, timed to come out on Equal Pay Day (which was Tuesday), found that 63 percent of the time men receive higher salary offers than women for the same job title at the same company. And tech employers are offering women salaries that are 4 percent lower than men for the same jobs.
This report specifically looked at tech jobs, such as software engineer or data scientists. Hired released a similar report last year.
Here’s what that gender gap looks like in chart form:
Because Hired helps connect tech employers with job seekers through a process that involves reviewing and accepting job offers, the company has an insider vantage point to study the gender wage gap.
Though the actual report doesn’t break it down by city, a spokeswoman for Hired shared some Austin-specific data with me.
Unlike the overall data disclosed above, this city breakdown doesn’t compare women and men who were offered salaries for the same job. It compares the overall average salary a woman asks for, and is offered, versus the overall average of what men ask for and receive.
in Austin, men are offered salaries that on average are 13.6 percent higher than salaries offered to women. Austin also has the second-worst gender wage gap among the tech hubs that Hired studied.
|City||Preferred Salary Gap (mean)
||Offer Salary Gap (mean)
|SF Bay Area||-11.1%||-9.3%|
What’s more interesting is why there’s a gender gap to begin with. And that’s where the Hired report gets interesting.
Because they can see what a job candidate sets as their salary expectation, they can compare what salaries men ask for versus women.
Hired discovered that 69 percent of the roles for which both men and women were given an initial offer, women set their preferred salary lower than the men did. And women asked for an average 4 percent less than the men.
Interestingly, when Hired looked at women by years of experience before analyzing their salary preferences they found that women with four years of work experience or less actually ask for more money than their male counterparts - and they typically get it.
Hired concludes that there is a “clear connection between the salaries candidates ask for and the salaries they are offered.”
But the report also notes that there are other factors influencing the gender pay gap, such as unconscious bias during the interview process and compensation policies that determine a candidate’s salary based on what he or she was previously earning.
Hired also reveals this startling statistic: 53 percent of the time companies interviewed only male candidates for a given role, whereas the reverse (only interviewing women) was just true 6 percent of the time.
“Even when controlling for the fact that our candidate pool skews more male, we still found that women were underrepresented in the interview pool two-thirds of the time,” the Hired report says.
This analysis was released on Tuesday, which is also Equal Pay Day, a day intended to draw attention to the gender wage gap. April 4 is how far into the year the average women must work to match the average man's earnings from the previous year. Women make about 79 cents per every $1 a man earns, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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