Unequal pay for equal work? Not really. Women earn less than men on average because they often fill jobs with a large societal benefit, but small monetary benefit. Instead of focusing the debate on the misbegotten gender wage gap, we should instead examine why women are absent from high-paying jobs and industries, like technology, engineering and executive positions. - Katie Bardaro, Lead Economist, PayScale

Uncontrolled Median Pay by Job Level and Gender

Uncontrolled Median Pay

When all male wages and all female wages are blindly compared, the gap between male and female pay is staggering. But a closer look at the data tells a different, more nuanced story.

Controlled Median Pay by Job Level and Gender

Controlled Median Pay

PayScale is able to compare the wages of males and females with the same jobs (and experience, education, responsibilities and more). Our analysis shows that while a pay gap does exist, it’s much smaller than the numbers you usually hear about. The real problem is that more women work in jobs that pay less. Join PayScale as we run the numbers and explore what really affects gender and pay, and help us search for solutions to help bridge the gap.

Why do more women work in lower-paying jobs than men?

Controlled Median Pay

Why are most bosses still male? Why are women less likely to negotiate? Which jobs and industries buck these trends? PayScale's data reveals the reality of women, work and the path to equal earning power. How does your pay compare? Get a Free Salary Report.

Is your company at risk for charges of pay discrimination?

Controlled Median Pay

Get the guide, Identifying and Resolving Internal Compensation Inequities within a Position, to make sure your organization gets pay right. Paying employees fairly? Get the free guide.

Compare pay for men and women at specific jobs.

Controlled Median Pay

Just how small is the so-called Gender Wage Gap at specific jobs? See how male and female pay stacks up for these key jobs.

See where women rise to leadership... & where they don't.

Controlled Median Pay

Who’s the boss? Overall, it's probably still a man. See where women are climbing the corporate ladder the quickest.

Find out who is negotiating their salary

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Controlled Median Pay

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