Women move closer to pay parity

Women in IT are closing the salary gap between their male counterparts, according to the results of Brainbench's 2001-2002 IT Salary Survey. While IT is still dominated by men, women are making significant progress towards pay parity.

Online testing firm Brainbench surveyed more than 6,000 randomly selected registered users in December. The survey shows that women earning more than $150,000 outpaced their male peers by almost double in companies with sales in excess of $1 billion. And overall, female respondents have closed or are narrowing traditional wage gaps in the middle management categories - those earning between $50,000 and $100,000 per year, across companies of all sizes.

"The report shows women IT professionals are making rapid gains in achieving compensation parity in the traditionally male-dominated information technology field," Brainbench President and CEO Mike Russiello says.

Here are some of the other findings for both sexes:

* Salary increases for 2001 were radically less than in 2000.

Just over half (52%) of respondents said they received raises of 3% or less in 2001. In 2000, 62% received salary increases greater than 3%.

* IT certification appears to have played a role in boosting raises. Close to 30% of those who hold Brainbench online certifications received 2001 increases between 3% to 5%.

*The highest annual salaries in 2001 were for certifications in voice over IP, project management, Unix administration, XML and Cisco network design.

*Respondents are optimistic about 2002 raises. More than half expect pay increases to be in the 3% to 8% range.

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