Yes, tech's gender wage gap closes — when women are over 50
- Women just entering the technology workforce — specifically those between the ages of 18 and 25 — make on average 29% less than males in the same position. That segment has the largest disparity when it comes to salary, according to a new survey of more than 10,000 employees in the tech industry by Comparably. Meanwhile, women over 50 years old have the least disparity, making an average of 5% less than their male counterparts.
- When it comes to race, Caucasians and African Americans have the largest gender pay gaps in tech, with men earning 26% and 24% more respectively. Hispanic/Latinos and Native Americans have the lowest gender pay gap, with women earning 10% and 2% less than men, respectively.
- The gender pay gap in tech is most pronounced in Atlanta, and least marked in Salt Lake City.
Clearly, the gender pay gap is still noticeable in the tech sector. Not only are fewer women hired for tech jobs, but when they are hired they generally make less money. A November report from HiringSolved found women make up just 19.6% of the workforce in the top 25 Silicon Valley technology companies.
While several tech companies, including Microsoft, Intel and HP, vowed to double their efforts at promoting more diverse workplaces after releasing statistics showing a general lack of diversity among their workers, it appears there is also work to be done to make sure women are paid equally.
One area of tech with particularly noticeable gender gaps is the cybersecurity sector. Women make up between 10% and 11% of the tech cybersecurity workforce. Experts have pointed to increased education, better marketing and opportunity for advancement to help attract women into the field.
- Comparably The Gender Pay Gap in Tech