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10 Tech Jobs Where Women Earn Less

Tech is one of several industries under the microscope when it comes to equal pay for equal work. But according to Glassdoor’s new research report titled Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap, the tech industry, like all industries, has some room for improvement when it comes to closing pay gaps between men and women.

According to the research, within the U.S., the unadjusted pay gap between men and women is 24.1%, meaning women earn, on average, 76 cents ($0.76) for every $1.00 men earn. However, when controls are factored in (controls such as age, experience, level of education, occupation, industry, location, year, company and job title), the adjusted pay gap between men and women is 5.4%, meaning women earn, on average, $0.95 for every $1.00 men earn.

When looking at the tech sector, however, the pay gap between men and women is slightly bigger than this adjusted average, standing at 5.9%, meaning within the tech industry, women earn, on average, $0.94 for every $1.00 men earn.

In addition, all tech-related occupations are not created equal. Within the tech industry, our research has also identified the 10 tech jobs where the pay gap between men and women is biggest:

10 Tech Jobs Where Women Earn Less*

1. Computer Programmer

  • 28.3% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.72 for every $1.00 men earn

2. Game Artist

  • 15.8% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.84 for every $1.00 men earn

3. Information Security Specialist

  • 14.7% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.85 for every $1.00 men earn

4. Data Specialist

  • 13.6% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.86 for every $1.00 men earn

5. Software Architect

  • 10.6% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.89 for every $1.00 men earn

6. SEO Strategist

  • 10.2% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.90 for every $1.00 men earn

7. Front End Engineer

  • 9.7% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.90 for every $1.00 men earn

8. Database Engineer

  • 9.7% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.90 for every $1.00 men earn

9. Sharepoint Developer

  • 9.2% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.91 for every $1.00 men earn

10. SAP Developer

  • 8.4% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.92 for every $1.00 men earn

Curious how some other tech jobs compare in terms of pay between men and women? Here are a few more for additional perspective:

Software Engineer

  • 6.0% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.94 for every $1.00 men earn

Product Manager

  • 4.3% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.96 for every $1.00 men earn

Mobile Developer

  • 2.9% base pay difference
  • Women earn $0.97 for every $1.00 men earn

Why do we see these trends in tech occupations?

Despite progress in recent years, most tech jobs today remain male-dominated roles. This fact may influence pay setting, promotions, and whether the best and brightest women feel welcome in these positions.

In general, we see the biggest gender pay gaps in the most advanced and highly paid jobs, both in tech and across other industries. Computer programmer is a job that fits this pattern, as it is an advanced and older tech role that includes many scientific coders and programmers for advanced applications such as mainframe computers.

One bright spot is that a handful of tech jobs have gender pay gaps that are smaller than the U.S. average.

Here at Glassdoor, we believe in equal pay for equal work and provide a platform for employers who want to pledge their commitment to equitable pay practices. More than 1,700 employers to date, including several in tech, have pledged to pay women and men equally for equal work and experience.

Curious how other industries compare for pay between men and women? Want to know what factors contribute to the gender pay gap and what can be done to eliminate pay gaps? Read more in our research report, Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap.

Plus, check out the jobs in which women earn less, about the same and more than men.

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*For the purposes of this blog post, “job” and “job title” are used interchangeably with “occupation,” which is the term used in the official research report, Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap. As noted in the full report, sample size per occupation differs. The 10 Tech Jobs Where Women Earn Less is based on jobs (occupations) from the full data set in which men earn more than women.