Computer programmer, a STEM career, tops the chart with the highest pay gap between men and women at 28.1% according to a recent Glassdoor study. The average, unadjusted gap shows that women make 76 percent of what men earn. Glassdoor added controls for age, education, experience, industry, job titles and company/location, finding a remaining 5% unexplained gap. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s Chief Economist, was surprised that as high as a 5% gap still remained, with all else relatively equal. Predictions indicate that more employers will likely utilize a commitment to and practice of pay equity as a differentiating factor to stand-out in the marketplace. In the meantime, as this issue gains further momentum and real solutions are implemented, Women entering careers are encouraged to pay careful attention to potential pay gaps and increase negotiations to achieve pay equity.
Find more about the Glassdoor study and the 15 Jobs with the highest pay gaps here.