Let's close the wage gap

It’s 2012 and there is still a persistent gap between what women earn and what men earn. This is counter to the notion many people might have that the gap is a relic of past generations. Unfortunately it is still alive and well, but we want to make this gap a thing of the past.

The purpose of this website is to educate users about the gender wage gap and arm them with information and negotiation tools to eliminate it. By merging data from multiple sources and tapping into our negotiation know-how, we developed innovative ways to help users take their own steps towards closing the wage gap.

  • In the “Show me the money” tab, you can see salary comparison information customized just for you and learn about the gender wage gap in your profession and geographic area.
  • The “Ask for it” tab displays negotiation tips, a template to use in preparing for a negotiation, and videos to help you practice your pitch.
  • If you want to find more information on the gender wage gap or on how to negotiate, click on the "Find out more” tab.
Our team is made up of dedicated individuals from Carnegie Mellon University with expertise in gender, negotiation, information systems, and data analysis. Spurred by our own experiences and a desire to improve the situation many women find themselves in, we’ve developed these tools from existing data to help you close the wage gap.

Ratio of Women’s Earnings to Men’s Earnings


The table below provides a snapshot of the wage gap in a variety of occupations. This data is for full-time workers and is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 data.

Occupation Wage Gap Ratio
Management occupations 72%
Chief executives 72%
General and operations managers 72%
Financial operations occupations 74%
Accountants and auditors 75%
Financial services sales agents 63%
Sales occupations 64%
Retail salespersons 65%
Insurance sales agents 67%
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists 79%
Computer and mathematical occupations 84%
Computer scientists 78%
Computer programmers 95%
Computer software engineers 91%
Architecture and engineering occupations 80%
Life, physical, and social science occupations 84%
Social services occupations 90%
Counselors 105%
Social workers 91%
Lawyers 77%
Education, training, and library occupations 81%
Postsecondary teachers 77%
Elementary and middle school teachers 91%
Secondary school teachers 93%
Special education teachers 97%
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations 85%
Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations 76%
Healthcare support occupations 90%
Protective service occupations 76%
Food preparation and serving related occupations 91%
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations 79%
Personal care and service occupations 83%
Office and administrative support occupations 93%
Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations 85%
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 74%