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Florida among states with largest gender pay gap in technology

Margie Manning

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Women who work at a technology company in Florida make on average $5,001 less per year than their male counterparts with similar education and experience.

A new study by Dice, a technology career hub, finds that Florida is among the states with significant gender pay gaps for technologists.

Utah and Alabama have the largest gender pay gaps in technology — $16,871 and $16,660, respectively, according to the study.

In contrast, Minnesota had a positive differential, meaning women make more than men. The pay differential in Minnesota is $3,929, the study said.

Source: Dice Gender Pay Gap in Tech

“The technology field continues to struggle to offer equal pay and applicable benefits to women. When employers work to build a fairly compensated gender-diverse workplace, they inevitably create a more positive work culture with a wider range of ideas and creative solutions to address business needs and challenges,” Michelle Marian, chief marketing officer for DHI Group Inc., the parent company to Dice, said in a news release. “In publishing our report, Dice aims to foster important conversations to aid in eliminating compensation and benefit inequity across tech occupations.”

The study also looked at specific technology occupations, and found big pay differentials there as well. A male data architect is paid on average $13,123 more than a woman doing the same job. For software engineers, the pay differential is $8,559; for data scientists, it’s $9,561.

Men and women value different benefits, the study found, with women placing higher importance on paid volunteer opportunities, college tuition reimbursement, maternity leave, remote and flex work options, and wellness programs. Both genders place equal or near-equal value on health and dental insurance, paid vacation days and retirement funding programs. Men placed higher value on increased compensation or a promotion.

Click here for a copy of the full report.

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