Women ask for less money
When hunting fora new job, women ask for lower salaries than men, and they leave the table with less money, according to a studypublished Tuesday by Hired, a website that connects employers to job-seekers.
The website studied data from 100,000 salary offers for tech, marketing and sales jobs, and found that nationally women ask for an average $14,000 less in compensation than men overall. Employers offered women about 3% less than what they offer to men to fill the same position, with the same job title, the analysis showed.
In Los Angeles, women ask for $10,000 less than men, and take home $8,000 less. In San Francisco, what women say they want comes to almost $12,000 less than what men ask for, and they receive about $9,000 less.
Those expectations mattered; women who asked for bigger salaries than men ended up getting them.
Women just entering the job market, with under two years of experience, expected to get paid a little bit more than men, the Hired study found. More experiencedwomen expected to get paid less. The junior women left negotiations with salaries that were 7% higher than those of junior men.
Discrimination is probably still happening
The Cornell study found that a chunk of the pay differential could not be explained by measurable qualities of American workplaces. The authors say that one hard-to-quantify factor at play could be discrimination.
Indeed, research has shown that many women with the same credentials who work in the same exact jobs as men earn less. A 2015Bloomberg analysis of more than 12,000 MBAsfound that eight years out of business school, women earn 20% less than the men they graduated with.
The dividepersisted within industries, job functionsand for people who got their degree from the same business school.
Census data also showthat women are paid less than men within the industries that most Americans work, including healthcare, education and manufacturing, and within specific jobs, like sales, management, production and administrative functions.
Whats more, it seems that women cannot alwayschoose to make more than men by shifting into a higher paying field. Acomprehensive study of census datafrom 1950 through 2000 found that as women began working in occupations that once were dominated by men as biologists or designers, for example the compensation in those jobs declined.
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