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Equal opportunity is a fundamental tenet of the United States of America.
Equal pay for equal work and equal performance.
Didn’t think so — so let’s get on with it, please.
Summary post by David Weldon in FierceCIO, original by Scott Fulton, III in Network Computing.
Emphasis in red added by me.
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Pay rates plummeting for these female IT managers
Over the past few years women have been making gains against their male counterparts when it comes to salaries and total compensation–and that includes women in the IT ranks. But no more, points out an article at Network Computing.
“Last year, the median salaries of American women in all professions declined steeply compared to median salaries for men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, giving back gains made since 2008. This negative trend was also reflected in our survey numbers,” the article explains.
Citing the example of women in datacenter and networking management positions, the article says in the InformationWeek 2013 U.S. IT Salary Survey, women earned $5,000 less in base salary annually than their male counterparts, and $6,000 when you factor bonuses on top of salary. This year, the survey finds that women in those job roles earn $21,000 less in base salary, and $24,000 less in base salary plus bonuses.
“All in all, male managers in networking and datacenters are being paid 27 percent more than female managers in base salary, and 29 percent more than women with bonuses included,” the article reveals. “Granted, women represent only 7 percent of all networking and datacenter professionals in the survey, but the data seem to support the BLS findings.”
In terms of specific pay trends here, the article notes that salaries for male managers in datacenters and in networking are relatively flat, but they have plummeted for women.
It is unclear why female managers in these job roles are taking such a salary hit. At the rank and file level, the news is much better in these IT job roles.
“The news was not as bad for female staff members in our survey, for whom the pay gap for base salaries shrank to $4,000 per annum (down from $10,000 last year). For total compensation, the gap shrank to $5,000 (down from $12,000),” the article concludes.
IT Pro Salaries: The Gender Gap Widens
InformationWeek’s 2014 US IT Salary Survey showed a growing disparity between what female networking and datacenter professionals are paid compared to their male counterparts.
Last year, the median salaries of American women in all professions declined steeply compared to median salaries for men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, giving back gains made since 2008. This negative trend was also reflected in our survey numbers.
In our 2013 survey, women in data center and networking management positions earned $5,000 less in base salary per year than men, and $6,000 less than men with bonuses are added. This year, women in these jobs earned $21,000 less per annum in base salary, and $24,000 less with bonuses added.
All in all, male managers in networking and datacenters are being paid 27% more than female managers in base salary, and 29% more than women with bonuses included. Granted, women represent only 7% of all networking and data center professionals in the survey, but the data seem to support the BLS findings.
While salaries and total compensation for male managers are relatively flat, they plummeted for women, suggesting that essentially the entire downward pressure on median compensation can be attributed to lower pay for women.
“Women in the networking field are still paid below salary of what a male would make,” wrote one woman with 17 years’ experience in IT, currently serving as a systems administrator for a healthcare firm. And one 26-year veteran IT analyst for a university told us she’s actively looking for more challenging work elsewhere, but she’s been quoted starting salaries as much as $25,000 less per annum “to perform not only the same job responsibilities but more.”
The news was not as bad for female staff members in our survey, for whom the pay gap for base salaries shrank to $4,000 per annum (down from $10,000 last year). For total compensation, the gap shrank to $5,000 (down from $12,000).
As noted above, women in data centers and networking represent only 7% of the staff members among our survey respondents and 6% of management. This subset demonstrated some of the lowest growth results.
However, among the 11,662 total respondents to InformationWeek’s industry-wide survey, representing IT as a whole, the compensation picture for women overall is poor. Women in IT management report being paid a median annual base salary of $104,000 — a gap that’s 9% lower than men and growing by about 1% per year since 2012. For staff, women report they’re paid $79,000 — 12% below men, with the gap growing by 1% per year.