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March 29, 2011
Survey Reports on Female Perception of Pay, Advancement Opportunities

Almost 40 percent of female workers feel they are paid less than their male counterparts, according to a recent survey. Roughly the same percentage of women also reported a disparity in advancement opportunities within their organization.

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The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder. The survey reports that the percentage of women who feel like they are paid less than their male counterparts, despite possessing the same skills and experience, has increased over the last decade.

Year of Survey Women Reporting Unequal Pay

More Highlights from the Survey

  • Career advancement opportunities: Thirty-nine percent of female workers reported men have more career advancement opportunities within their organizations. This is an increase from 2008 (26 percent.)
  • Recognition: Thirty-six percent of women reported that men receive more recognition for their accomplishments than females.
  • Reasons for disparities: Thirty five percent of women attributed the disparity in pay and career advancement to the fact that they don’t have as much contact with management as men do. They cited the following reasons:
    • 22 percent said it was due to management showing male favoritism
    • 16 percent said that their male counterpart had been with the employer longer

According to the survey, perceptions of unequal pay and advancement opportunities may not be unfounded. The survey found that 45 percent of man report making $50,000 or more, while only 24 percent of women placed themselves in that pay category. Furthermore, 10 percent of men reported an income of $100,000 or more, compared to 3 percent of women.

A recent report from the White House reported on the pay gap between men and women. The report, Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being, found that while the gender pay gap has narrowed, a disparity still exists. According to the data, female full-time wage and salary workers’ weekly earnings have increased from 62 percent of males’ weekly pay in 1979, to 80 percent of males’ weekly pay in 2009. For more information on that report, read 'Women in America' Report Highlights Earnings, Education.



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