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The Gender Pay Gap Revealed in Tech; Glassdoor Report

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

November 17, 2014

Within the tech industry this year, several companies from Amazon to Facebook to Twitter have publicly released their workforce diversity demographics. In the spirit of promoting transparency and equality within the workplace, Glassdoor turned to its salary and company ratings database to find out how compensation and employee satisfaction compare between men and women at a sample of 25 of the largest tech companies.

Salaries Revealed by Gender

The Glassdoor report shows median salary and average employee satisfaction by gender at each of these companies. At most of these companies, men report earning a higher base salary than women for the same role (it is important to note the average years of experience reported in each position). While several questions come up, two that bubble up for us include: What causes men to have a head start in these roles? And, if more women study technology and pursue careers in the industry, will we see the gap in compensation narrow?

Some highlights from this report show that there is a $6,000 discrepancy in median base salary when comparing women ($94,967, 3.2 years of experience) to men ($101,006, 3.3 years experience) in the software development engineer role at Microsoft. In some of these jobs, however, women report earning more than men. At Google, for example, women software engineers report earning an annual base salary of $117,740 (and report 3.5 years experience), more than $4,000 more than men ($113,548, with 3.9 years experience) in the same role.

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Employee Satisfaction Revealed by Gender

Glassdoor also wanted to find out how men and women differ when it comes to employee satisfaction. At just four of the 25 tech companies (Texas Instruments, Epic Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Intel), women are more satisfied with their jobs and their company. Men are more satisfied at 15 of the 25 companies in this report (including Citrix and National Instruments), and there are  six companies where men and women report the same level of satisfaction with their job and company.

Further, we also found that among this sample of 25 tech companies women are slightly less satisfied on average than men across four key workplace factors: senior leadership, culture & values, career opportunities and work-life balance. Check out the data table below to see how men and women specifically differ for employee satisfaction at each of these companies:

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See what some tech employees have to say about gender and diversity in the workplace:

“I have not observed women getting promoted and women from technical fields are rarely being hired. Teams remain disproportionately male even compared to recent statistics from Google and other competitors. Little effort is made to proactively recruit women in technical positions.” – Microsoft Employee  (Redmond, WA)

“Foster more diversity in hiring and in the leadership ranks. A female leader (VP level) in the R&D org would be a good start.” – Twitter Employee (location, N/A)

“The compensation and benefits are unparalleled, and IBM is a great place for women to work.” – IBM Communications Manager (New York, NY)

"Another huge bonus for me is the support I have here as a woman in the tech community, it's pretty amazing.” - Facebook Program Manager (Menlo Park, CA)

(To protect anonymity of Glassdoor members, we did not indicate gender for those who provided the specific reviews above)

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