Female computer programmers make 72 cents for every dollar earned by male programmers.
That difference is after researchers adjust for factors such as age, education, years of experience, job title, employer and location, according to a new study by Glassdoor, the jobs and recruiting marketplace, which looked at salary data of more than 500,000 people over 140 professions.
The well known U.S. wage gender gap is 76 cents for every dollar men earn. But women earn 94.6 cents for every man’s dollar after adjusting for all factors other than gender. In other words, the wage gap in the U.S. is about 5.4 percent.
The upshot: For male and female engineers one year after graduation, they make the same amount.
Part of the explanation for the large computer programmer wage gap, said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, is that these are the scientific programmers, “people who would do coding with mainframe computing or other scientific related computing. It’s one of the older profession.”
How do other tech industry professions stack up?
For every dollar a man in this role earns, this is how much a woman makes:
Game Artist – $0.84
Information Security Specialist – $0.85
Data Specialist – $0.76
Software Architect – $0.89
SEO Strategist – $0.90
Front End Engineer – $0.90
Database Engineer – $0.90
Sharepoint Developer – $0.91
SAP Developer – $0.92
On the upside, two professions in great demand show women doing at or better than the national average:
On the downside, as tech jobs open up in other fields such as health care and media, the gender wage gap increases there, Chamberlain said.
Above: A class of computer scientists at the start of their summer internships at Silicon Valley tech companies organized by CODE2040, which is dedicated to helping women and minorities break into the tech world. (Photo courtesy CODE2040)