Glassdoor 4th Annual Company Pay Audit Reveals No Gender Pay Gap

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (July 18, 2019)Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, today announced the results of its fourth annual company compensation audit. The analysis revealed no statistically significant gender pay gap among the 700 members of its United States-based workforce when comparing men and women employees with similar roles, levels of experience, demographics and more.1

Leveraging an algorithm developed by Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor was able to control for multiple factors, including age, seniority, performance, and all other factors we can observe about employees. This is consistent with Glassdoor’s previous three pay analyses

Glassdoor’s U.S. employee population is made up of slightly more men (54 percent) than women (46 percent). The average total, or “unadjusted”, pay gap (including base pay and bonus pay) for Glassdoor’s workforce amounts to approximately 23 percent, or $35,230 per year, which is similar to prior audits. According to the analysis, women earn $135,016  total pay on average, while men earn $170,246 total pay on average (as illustrated below). The unadjusted pay gap is due to the different representation of women and men in different roles in the company, known as occupational sorting.”

However, Glassdoor’s gap statistically disappears when adjusting for these multiple factors. An “adjusted” pay gap is the best way to make an apples-to-apples comparison. This accounts for important variances in job function, department, job tenure and location among other factors that can explain differences between male and female pay. Glassdoor’s adjusted total pay gap is a statistical zero.

“We are committed to providing greater pay transparency for companies throughout the world and Glassdoor is no exception,” said Christian Sutherland Wong, Glassdoor president and COO. “By sharing the results of our own employee pay analysis year after year, we hope to inspire other companies to take action by studying their own pay and help end the gender pay gap. Research shows it could be 2070 before the pay gap fully closes in the U.S. However, we can expedite that progress if more leaders use tools like Glassdoor’s pay gap auditing guide to understand and address potential pay gaps at their companies.” 

Glassdoor Economic Research has produced multiple studies affirming gender pay gaps still exist in the United States and around the world. The latest study, Progress on the Gender Pay Gap: 2019 revealed the unadjusted gender pay gap is 21.4 percent in the U.S., which is down slightly from 24.1 percent from a 2016 study. Although the U.S. pay gap shrinks to 4.9 percent when adjusting for factors such as age, education, years of experience, location, job title and company, it does not disappear.

Glassdoor has a number of free resources to help companies and workers identify and work to correct potential pay gaps. 

For employers: Download the free step-by-step technical guide to help analyze company salary data to identify and address potential gender pay gaps. Join the thousands of employers who have taken the Pay Equality Pledge on Glassdoor to show your commitment to equal pay for equal work.

For job seekers and employees: The Know Your Worth tool helps those within the workforce understand their own worth, as determined by a number of factors including experience, education and location. The personal pay information provides insights to help determine whether a salary adequately reflects your worth and whether to discuss and negotiate with an employer. For tips and advice on fair pay and how to better negotiate, visit Glassdoor’s Gender Pay Gap Breakdown.

For more on Glassdoor’s internal analysis of pay data, visit Glassdoor Economic Research. Glassdoor’s wage analyses for 2018, 2017 and 2016 are also available.  

Visit Glassdoor to research salaries or submit a salary report and go to Glassdoor Economic Research to subscribe to the latest job market and economic employment reports.

1.Only full-time U.S. Glassdoor employees who went through a performance review process in 2019 were included in this sample. 


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