Mind the gap

Women in tech make less than male counterparts, Dice reports

Sarah Schlothauer
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A newly released report from Dice reveals that in the United States, women in tech still experience a pay gap in 2020. According to Dice, even when factors such as location, job experience, and degree are taken into consideration, the difference in salary between men and women in the United States can exceed $15,000.

Dice released a report about the gender pay gap in the tech industry in order to raise awareness around the issue and open up discussion. According to their findings, women in tech are still paid less than men in 2020 and report lower satisfaction with their compensation.

What is causing this pay gap and what other struggles do women in tech face? We have come a long way from The Equal Pay Act of 1963, but there are still miles to go.

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Pay gap by the numbers

Even when factors such as location, job experience, and degree are taken into consideration, the difference in salary between men and women in the United States can exceed $15,000.

According to Dice, these are the ten states with the highest pay gap:

  1. Utah (-$16,871)
  2. Alabama (-$16,660)
  3. Illinois (-$11,375)
  4. Arkansas (-$10,821)
  5. Colorado (-$9,687)
  6. Connecticut (-$9,203)
  7. Michigan (-$8,971)
  8. New York (-$8,914)
  9. Missouri (-$8,871)
  10. Georgia (-$8,314)

Out of all 50 states, only one (Minnesota) reports a positive differential where women make more than men.

The ten occupations with the largest pay gap:

  1. Mainframe Systems Programmer (-$16,328)
  2. DevOps Engineer ($15,077)
  3. Security Architect ($14,134)
  4. Data Architect (-$13,123)
  5. Database Administrator (-$11,053)
  6. Data Scientist (-$9,561)
  7. Data Engineer (-$9,242)
  8. Software Engineer (-$8,559)
  9. Security Engineer (-$6,847)
  10. Technical Recruiter (-$6,811)

How do we fix this? Dice suggests that companies need to be more transparent with salary information. Companies should reveal employee pay data in order to prevent any potential pay discrepancies between groups and open up communication channels with their employees.

Tips from women in tech

Our women in tech series seeks to highlight and raise up the voices of women working in the tech sector. They offer advice and tips for other women working in the field and for those who are hoping to find their niche in a tech career.

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Compensation dissatisfaction

Looking at job and compensation satisfaction, Dice found slight differences between men and women. 33% of men and 38% of women reported feeling dissatisfied with their compensation.

According to the report:

The average salary for a woman satisfied with her compensation is $93,591, while the average salary for a woman dissatisfied with her compensation is $69,543. This contrasts with men, where the average salary for “compensation satisfaction” is $108,711, while those dissatisfied make an average of $81,829. This could suggest that men expect to be paid more (hence the relatively high salary number for dissatisfaction), which can have an impact on whether they accept offers and negotiate for raises.

While slightly more women report feeling burnt out at work, men and women alike share many of the same struggles when it comes to their tech careers. According to Dice, lack of time off, lack of recognition, poor work/life balance, and friction with co-workers affect all people to fairly similar degrees.

Download the report from Dice, browse the data, and take a look at some of the women pioneers in tech.

Sarah Schlothauer

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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