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Fair Or Not, Men Earn More Than Women In IT

Women, on average, receive about $9 for every $10 men earn in wages and bonuses, according to the 2005 InformationWeek Salary Survey.

The gender gap in IT remains wide, at least in terms of median cash compensation. Women, on average, receive about $9 for every $10 men earn in wages and bonuses, according to the 2005 InformationWeek Salary Survey of 1,866 women and 10,302 men. That gap has remained virtually unchanged over the past several years.

The survey reveals that women staffers received annual cash compensation (salary and cash bonuses) of $65,000 -- that's 90.3% of the $72,000 male staffers received. Among managers, women had a median compensation of $85,000, or 89.5% of what men received.

Regardless of the fairness in IT-compensation levels, women in IT get salaries and bonuses much closer to their male colleagues than women in other professions. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics calculations, women in managerial, professional, and related occupations earn 71.4% of what men do.

Base-salary increases among IT staffers basically parallel pay hikes received for all managers, professionals, and related occupations in the United States, while IT managers did a bit better. Salaries this year rose 2.4% for staffers and 3.2% for managers. Although not a direct comparison, the median weekly earnings for all managers, professionals, and related occupations, as tracked by Labor Statistics, rose 2.5% this past year.

Despite the unexceptional pay increases, most IT pros generally feel they're being compensated fairly. Nearly half of IT staff and 58% of IT managers are satisfied with their compensation packages, which is comparable to 2004 survey results. Indeed, overall job satisfaction is up from a year ago, with 66% of IT staff and IT management satisfied versus 47% and 55%, respectively, in 2004.

Workers from startup companies are just as satisfied with their overall job as employees from other organizations.

And, IT professionals love a challenge, though some find they aren't challenged in their job. Just one-third of staffers and nearly half of IT managers feel they're challenged.

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