Dice: Gender Pay Gap Nonexistent in Apples-to-Apples Comparison

Don Tennant

The average salary for female technology professionals is about 9 percent less than that of male tech pros, according to this year's annual salary survey by IT employment services provider Dice.com. But in an apples-to-apples comparison of male and female workers with the same credentials doing the same job, there is no gender pay gap in IT, Dice has concluded.


When I raised the gender pay gap question with Dice, I received this explanation from Jennifer Bewley, the company's director of corporate communications:

In the latest survey, women technology professionals reported an average salary of $73,697, as compared to males [at] $80,580. But when you control for experience, job title and education, the gender gap disappears. Another way to say it-gender plays no role in salaries when you are looking at female and male technology professionals in the same job with the same background.

What Dice has found, Bewley said, is that male and female technology professionals tend to hold different positions, which impacts the average. The most popular IT jobs for women are:


  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Assurance Tester
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Applications Developer


The most popular IT jobs for men, on the other hand, are:


  • IT Management (CEO, CIO, CTO, VP, Director, Strategist or Architect)
  • Systems Administrator
  • Software Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Applications Developer


Bewley stressed that it's all about skills, not gender:

I can assure you a female DBA with a Bachelor's degree and five years of experience is paid the same amount as her male colleague with the same background. At the end of the day, tech is about skills and applying them to a problem or opportunity. For great programmers, security analysts or project managers, gender shouldn't play a role and clearly doesn't. By the way, we have tested this repeatedly and found the same thing year after year.

So there you have it. I would be very interested in hearing from female IT workers on this issue. Is your experience consistent with Dice's conclusions?

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