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Glassdoor Reveals Employee Pay Data by Gender; Launches Pay Data Analysis Pilot Program

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Last Updated November 25, 2019

We believe in equal pay for equal work and experience. But, at Glassdoor we don’t want to just talk about it, we want to practice what we preach.  

Today, we are proud to release analysis of our own Glassdoor employee pay data. The analysis evaluates pay data of approximately 600 Glassdoor employees along gender lines across the company and among our engineering team. (This announcement coincides with the White House’s United State of Women Summit during which Glassdoor made a commitment to conduct annual compensation analysis to ensure we are paying fairly.)

To evaluate Glassdoor’s pay data, we applied the method used by Glassdoor Economic Research in the study Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap[1]. The Glassdoor Economic Research report looks at pay through two lenses: adjusted and unadjusted. An unadjusted method for analysis, in this case, is a simple average of pay data that does not take into account any key factors pertaining to the individuals studied. An adjusted method allows for better comparisons as it takes into account multiple factors such as age, education, years of experience, location - all the way down to the job title and company level.

The Glassdoor Economic Research team found that Glassdoor has no statistically significant gender pay gap when adjusting for age, education, years of experience, location, job title and employee performance scores.

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Glassdoor Company-Wide Highlights

Glassdoor’s employee population is made up of more men (55 percent) than women (45 percent), and women make up 42 percent of our senior leadership, defined as director level and above. Looking at average pay only, women at Glassdoor earn an average of $85,962 base pay, while men earn $107,371 base pay on average— nearly a 20 percent gap. However, when we control for job title, job seniority, department level, and performance scores, the gap reduces to  -$425, a slight female pay advantage, but one that is not statistically significant. The analysis also examined total compensation and bonuses and found no statistically significant adjusted pay gap.

Glassdoor Engineering Team Highlights

The Glassdoor Engineering department is comprised of 21 percent women and 79 percent men, and men in the department earn an average of $2,900 per year more than women in terms of base pay. However, after we control for age, education, years of experience, location, job title and employee performance scores, the pay gap drops to -$3,132— a slight pay advantage for women engineers, but one that is not statistically significant.


Glassdoor Supports Other Employers’ Pay Equality Efforts

Glassdoor recognizes that conducting pay gap analysis is an involved process, and also announced it is launching a new pilot program to help other companies examine their own pay practices through anonymized and confidential economic analysis. Employers interested in being considered for the pilot program may submit an application here: http://resources.glassdoor.com/glassdoor-pay-data-pilot-program.html and learn more in our Employers blog. Further, employers interested in promoting their equitable pay practices can take the Pay Equality Pledge on Glassdoor, indicating a corporate commitment to pay employees equitably for equal work and experience. More than 2,000 employers have already done so.

Employees: Reduce the gender pay gap and submit a salary report and help countless others in their effort to ensure fair pay for equal work. 

We are excited to continue to shed light on a critical issue and to commit to pay equality. We know there is still a lot of work to be done across the globe to achieve gender parity and equal pay for equal work and experience, and we hope our commitments today inspire other companies to examine their own compensation practices and take steps to close any gaps that might exist.

[1] Chamberlain, Andrew. Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap, March 2016: https://www.glassdoor.com/research/studies/gender-pay-gap/

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