Once you adjust for levels of experience and educations and compare parallel job titles the gender gap in compensation technical jobs has disappeared.
This finding, which confirms a trend present in its data since 2009, is presented in Spotlight of Women in Tech, a special report from Dice and based on its 2012-13 Salary Survey.
When Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineer professionals, unveiled the survey earlier in the year it noted the biggest jump in technology salaries in the US in more than a decade. It reported that tech professionals earned a greater than five percent increase in annual wages, resulting in an average of $85,619 in 2012, up from $81,327 in 2011. In addition 33% of technical professionals received bonuses in 2012 (up from 32% in 2011) but the average bonus was slightly down at $8636 compared to $8769 in 2011.
When you look at average income by gender, it looks as though men out earned women: men had average annual income of $95,929 compared to $87,527 for women. However, the difference is explained by the fact that the two groups tend to hold different positions, with Project Manager, the top position for women, being the only job the occurs in top positions for both groups.
When you allow for this difference in job roles, which may be a result of institutional bias, average salaries for male and female tech pros are equivalent. Moreover, satisfaction with compensation was nearly identical with 58 percent of women stating they were satisfied, as compared to 56 percent of their male counterparts.
Commenting on the results Tom Silver, SVP, Dice. said:
"When it comes to technology employment, it’s a skills driven marketplace. The ability to apply that know-how to a given problem remains the core of employment – why tech professionals get hired and how they are compensated.”