Hired's 2018 Wage Equality Report Shows Minimal Progress

It’s 2018, and the results are in. Women in tech are still being paid less than their male counterparts. However, Boston is showing small signs of progress.

Hired, a marketplace of job postings for tech companies, released its third annual wage inequality report, which collected data from its 12 United States markets.

Hired found that on average women are offered salaries that are 4 percent less than men are for the same exact role. However, Hired broke some of the data down further into five tech hubs: Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Boston, which all had wider gaps. 

Boston was found to offer women 9 percent less than their male counterparts, which was unfortunately the second smallest gap of the top tech cities, despite being wider than the national average. San Francisco came in with the smallest, an 8 percent gap with New York and Los Angeles trailing with a 10 percent gap and Seattle with an 11 percent gap.

Wage and expectation gaps are a reality for women in the tech market. Courtesy of Hired.

The data shows that 63 percent of the time men were offered higher salaries for the same role, with a gap of 4 percent on average, but as drastic as 45 percent, which remained pretty consistent with 2017 results. This is despite 66 percent of women asking for higher salaries than they were offered.

Boston, however, is seeing a significantly higher amount of women in their applicant pools for tech jobs than other cities. While Seattle and Los Angeles have women underrepresented in their candidate pools by over 20 percent, Boston was the only positive dataset with women being overrepresented by 5 percent.

A map of the representation of women in candidate pools. Courtesy of Hired.

However, not all women in the applicant pool are treated the same once hired. Across data from all of Hired’s markets, Hispanic women and black women are paid 10 percent less than white men on average, 5 percent less than Asian women, and 6 percent less than white women. Surprisingly, women of the LGBTQ+ community reported being paid 1 percent more than the women who are not in the community, which was up from last year.

Hired also found that the gender wage gap isn’t consistent throughout different types of tech positions. The analysis found that project management positions come in on top with only a 4 percent wage gap, while data analytics, design and software engineering positions came in at an 8 percent gap.

Chart showing wage disparity between differing tech roles. Courtesy of Hired.

This analysis came from data containing over 420,000 job offers and interview requests through the Hired site, which features 10,000 companies and over 98,000 users.

“At Hired, we take a long-term view on this issue and acknowledge that the solution requires cooperation from all sides. It takes commitment, consistency, and financial investment to solve pay inequality, and that responsibility ultimately falls on companies,” the report concluded.

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