1 in 3 women think they’re not paid the same as male colleagues

Men vs women at work

Women tend to expect less pay and lower job titles, and are less satisfied with opportunities for advancement at work than men.

Wondering how much (more than you) your counterpart Mike makes? You’re not alone. According to a new study from CareerBuilder, female workers are nearly three times more likely than their male counterparts to think there’s a pay disparity at work.

The study paints a disheartening picture across the board about the gender wage gap – women tend to expect less pay and lower job titles, and are less satisfied with opportunities for advancement at work than men.

Only 34 percent of women are satisfied with career advancement opportunities at their current employer, compared to 44 percent of men; and 30 percent of women do not feel they have the same career advancement opportunities as men who have the same skills and qualifications at their organization, compared to just 12 percent of men. They are also less likely to be satisfied with training and learning opportunities at their employer than men (43 to 55 percent).

If you have concerns about a wage gap and feel you’re not being paid a competitive wage, it’s time to do some research and build a case for what you deserve.

  • Research what the industry standard is for your position in your area. If you’re comfortable, you can also chat with colleagues to see what range they are paid.
  • Ask how your company handles raises and promotions. It’s not uncommon for employers to have a set time of year for promotions and/or raises, so familiarize yourself with their schedule and start doing your homework way ahead of time so you are adequately prepared.
  • Meet with HR. Don’t be shy about bringing your concerns and research to your HR rep to get their take. Let your conversation be driven by data, not subjective thoughts.
  • Be prepared to defend your case. Arm yourself with evidence to support why you think you deserve this. It is better to be over-prepared, so don't be afraid to practice your pitch.

Good luck!

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