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Wage gap for women in tech is surprisingly small


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:42 PM

From Wage gap for women in tech is surprisingly small we learn:

 

Female engineers make 89 cents for every $1 their male colleagues earn, according to the report. Among engineering managers, the difference is negligible with women making 99 cents for every $1 a man makes.

 

That should make women more interested in these fields. As I wrote in a recent column, women leave the tech industry at twice the rate as men. But some of those who stay say they have found satisfying careers, as I wrote in another column.

 

Compare tech’s 89 cents gender wage gap to the national average of 79 cents.And compare it to professions like law and medicine, where women have found a lot of success. For physicians and surgeons, women make 71 cents for every man’s $1. Female lawyers and judges make 82 cents. Finance has a wage gap of 66 cents.

 

For those of us who have daughters ...well, in my case, granddaughters... encouraging them to consider careers in tech fields might be a good idea.


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:51 PM

Still a gap that should not be there.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:38 AM

Still a gap that should not be there.

 

But it is and I can state that knowing what other people make compared to what my wife makes.  The Glass Window still exists.  Not nearly as bad as it was, but it's still there in most companies.

 

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:26 AM

I have to wonder how much of the gap is due to women not being in the field as long as men. Some fields of endeavor I can see women not wanting the job. I Suspect only a few women want a job where they have to handle boxes that weigh 60+ pounds all day long.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:44 PM

It also sometimes is part of a "what can I get away with"...  It's not like employers want to be paying ANYONE much...  IF they could get away with paying the men less too, then they would.  But things being what they are, they are probably more easily able to get away with offering a woman less.


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Posted 27 April 2014 - 10:43 AM

I have to wonder how much of the gap is due to women not being in the field as long as men. Some fields of endeavor I can see women not wanting the job. I Suspect only a few women want a job where they have to handle boxes that weigh 60+ pounds all day long.

 

That's a good point.  Stats are easily skewed and your example is...well, a good example.

 

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 12:02 PM

I have to wonder how much of the gap is due to women not being in the field as long as men. Some fields of endeavor I can see women not wanting the job. I Suspect only a few women want a job where they have to handle boxes that weigh 60+ pounds all day long.

 

Who are these 'techs' with 60lbs.boxes?


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Posted 27 April 2014 - 01:48 PM

When I was working in the computer field, I would have to set up servers. Some of those Servers were darned heavy. I'd get a shipment and the bare server was heavy enough, Then start adding drives and other items and they were somewhat heavier. Then Plug it int and fire it up. Some of the Rack mount units would sound like a small jet engine until they had posted then they would quiet down to a loud roar.


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