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The Income Gap Between Men and Women in Silicon Valley Isn’t Shrinking Fast Enough

The Income Gap Between Men and Women in Silicon Valley Isn’t Shrinking Fast Enough

Written by Bryce Covert

Men working in Silicon Valley with a graduate or professional degree earn 73 percent more than women in the industry with the same degrees, according to an analysis of Census Data from the 2014 Silicon Valley Index.

Men who hold Bachelor’s Degrees make 40 percent more than women with the same educational level. In fact, they make more than women at every level of educational attainment except for high school graduates, where women earn 1 percent more than men.

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The good news is that the 73 percent figure represents a reduction, as men with these degrees made 97 percent more than women in 2010, “meaning that men with graduate or professional degrees in Silicon Valley were earning nearly twice that of their female peers,” the report notes.

While the figures in the country’s supposed “meritocracy” are striking, the trend holds true for women in all industries. Not only do women who work full-time, year-round earn 77 cents, on average, for every dollar a man earns, but becoming better educated doesn’t erase that gap. Men make more at every level of educational achievement than women with the same credentials. In fact, the gap widens the more education they take on, with men who hold advanced degrees making $1,667 more a month, on average, than women with the same degrees. And the gap starts out early, as women fresh out of college with similar majors, grades, and other experiences make 7 percent less than their male peers.

There are also stark gaps in income between white workers in Silicon Valley and people of color. “The lowest-earning racial/ethnic group earns 70 percent less than the highest earning group,” or in other words, white workers, the report says. Worse, while incomes increased for white and Asian workers between 2010 and 2012, it fell for black and Hispanic people, although those trends mirror statewide ones.

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The income gap between white people and those of color exists outside of the Bay Area. Black and Hispanic men make 73 percent and 61 percent of what white men make, respectively. Women of color make less: black women earn 63 percent of what white men make and Hispanic women earn 54 percent.

This post was originally published in ThinkProgress

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12:52AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

10:33PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

This has gone on for far too long in workplaces.

11:09AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

People who have the same education, skills and experience should start a position at the same starting salary, no matter race, gender, sexual orientation or anything else; then cost of living increases should be given to keep those salaries in line with inflation. However, businesses must compensate employees for excellent or outstanding performances while not giving the same compensation to the person who is doing the bare minimum; if businesses don’t do this they will lose their top performers. One is to give merit increases on top of the COL; the other is to give annual bonuses, which I prefer, this keeps the wage scale equal while honoring those employees who go the extra mile.

Now this is not to say there is not discrimination when hiring people and that the starting salaries, all things being equal, are not the same. There is and I have experienced this constantly in my professional career. But unless I am told that these studies are based on starting compensation and not on annual earnings I have to say the data would be skewed and if it is can we say the gap is really 73%. There should be no gaps, all things being equal with the candidates at the hiring level no matter what; but when they start throwing around percentages of 97 and 73% I want to know the criteria and methodology of the study.

11:02AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

ty

10:10PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

In the workplace, people who are confidant, dedicated and stand up for themselves get better salaries. But some women are taught by insecure overcontrolling people that if they do this than they're "selfish" or a "show off". I hope they don't get oppressed like this any more.
Stats can be skewed but other info means it's obvious that there IS a pay gap.

10:03PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

Pay gap help no one: not the women who want to be capable of earning a fair salary; and not the oppressive men who want women to be at home rather than doing overtime to make up for the salary loss.
Some men have learnt to respect their female friends/lovers and want them to be capable of a fair salary but some men need to learn to do that.

9:55PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

Jacob R. are you saying women aren't capable? Maybe the bosses think that and discriminate like that. If everyone had a good education and a fair system, none of this would happen.

9:51PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

Stop making it sound like getting the same degrees mean you have the same attainment! Some people just get stressed in exams etc.
This also shows that since the companies haven't realised that, there's ridiculous sexism and racism rather than judgeing true performance.
Time for fairness!

8:09PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

OK....show of hands.....who's surprised by this?


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5:56PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

And so it goes..............

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