Career Watch: A debunker of H-1B claims

By Jamie Eckle, Computerworld |  Networking

Though women continue to be underrepresented in the IT workforce (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women held 57% of professional positions in the U.S. in 2011, but they held only 25% of computing positions), the pay gap between the sexes has been closed in IT, according to the Dice Salary Survey.

The survey found that the average annual income for women in IT in 2012 was just over $87,500, compared with nearly $96,000 for men. That doesn't sound equitable, but Dice says men and women tend to hold different positions in the IT workforce, and when you compare equal levels of experience and education and parallel job titles, the difference melts away. That point is borne out by Dice's findings on the top five tech positions held by members of the two sexes.

Women

1. Project manager2. Business analyst3. Other IT4. QA tester5. Technical recruiter

Men

1. Software engineer2. Systems administrator3. Project manager4. IT management5. Application developer

Dice is careful to note that it cannot be determined from the results of its survey whether women and men gravitate to different jobs by choice or whether they are steered by institutional bias. But the online tech careers service did take a closer look at the results when it became apparent that women's average salaries increased by a bit over $2,000 from 2011 to 2012 while men's rose by over $5,000. Dice's statisticians concluded that that large differential was also position-driven: Positions more frequently held by men (such as IT management and engineer) had higher raises than those more frequently held by women (such as business analysts and project managers).

Average Salary by Sex

Women

• 2011: $85,484• 2012: $87,527

Men

• 2011: $90,771• 2012: $95,929

And the survey also found that women in IT were slightly more satisfied with their compensation than men:

Very or Somewhat Satisfied

• Women: 58%• Men: 56%

Source: Dice Salary Survey of 15,049 employed technology professionals, fall 2012

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