Computer programmers have largest gender pay gap, study says


Computer programmers, some of the oldest workers in the tech industry, have the largest gender pay gap compared to all other professions across all industries, according to a new study.

Female programmers earn on average 72 cents per dollar earned by their male counterparts, according to research conducted by Glassdoor Inc.

Glassdoor found that the industries in the US with the largest pay gaps include healthcare, insurance and mining.

But while the pay gap in the tech industry overall is close to the US average, some tech jobs have far higher pay gaps.

“Computer programming is one of the more traditional professions within the tech industry,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor. “It tends to be heavily male dominated and an older crowd.”

Jobs that employ younger workers, such as software engineers and mobile developers, have smaller gender pay gaps.

Amazon last week said it found women and men earn essentially the same in its US workforce. Apple and Intel have said they found little-to-no compensation discrepancies among their US workers.