Earning Gap

Median Annual Earnings and Earnings Gap in Select Engineering and Computing Occupations

In all engineering and computer occupations, the median earnings of females are less than those of males. The size of the gap varies by discipline, with female biomedical engineers having the smallest earnings gap (98% of male median earnings) while women in other fields are receiving only 86% to 93% of the median earnings of their male colleagues.


Earning gap at different degree levels

Although the salary difference between men and women seems to decrease as the educational level attained increases, there is still a sizable difference at the doctoral level with men earning about 20% more than women. Moreover, salary differences still persist at each post-secondary degree level even after controlling for characteristics such as, race/ethnicity, geographic region, parental education, and field of degree.

Estimated Earning Gap, by Degree Level and Controlling for Certain Characteristics, 2015

Earning Gap
Source: National Science Board. 2018. Science and Engineering Indicators 2018.

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