As Salaries Slump, Women IT Pros Lose Ground
The recession has flattened IT salaries--particularly for women--according to a survey released by IT job board Dice Inc.The recession has flattened IT salaries--particularly for women--according to a survey released this week by IT job board Dice Inc. Dice surveyed more than 61,000 technology professionals and found that tech salaries, which averaged $68,400 in 2001, were actually on the rise before they dropped off in the fourth quarter. The slump has hit women particularly hard: The salary gender gapthe difference between what women and men in comparable IT positions makewidened to 12 percent on average in 2001, up from 9 percent in 2000. This was evident even in top-paying positions. For example, male IT managers salaries averaged $101,500, compared with women IT managers average salary of $96,700, the Dice survey said. The salary gap varies depending on job title, with hard-core, back-end technology-oriented titles such as database administrator and system administrator having gender salary gaps as high as 25 percent, according to Dice CEO Scot Melland, in New York. On the other hand, technology jobs such as technical writing and quality assurance testing have salary parity between the genders, he said. But, because layoffs trimmed those jobs more severely than core IT positions, women IT professionals have been affected disproportionately, Melland said.
The good news is that the gender gap in technology salaries is smaller than that in the overall economy, where women make about 72 percent of what their male counterparts make, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.