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PayScale’s Reddit AMA: Inside the Gender Pay Gap


We often hear the statistic that women make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, but is that number accurate, and if so, does it tell the whole story? On Tuesday, November 17, at 10:30 a.m. PST (and 1:30 p.m. EST), PayScale will do a Reddit AMA to discuss the gender pay gap. We’ll answer all your questions about why women still earn less than men in every industry, and what can be done to fix the problem. Read on for details about how to attend our latest Reddit AMA, and ask our compensation experts anything.


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Who: Aubrey Bach, Senior Managing Editor, Lydia Frank, Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing, Katie Bardaro, VP of Data Analytics and Lead Economist, and Gina Bremer, Lead Data Analyst / Data Visualization Specialist
When: Tuesday, November 17 10:30 a.m. PST/1:30 p.m. EST
Title: The data geeks from are back. This time we are here to talk about our latest study on the gender pay gap. AMA!

Do You Know What You're Worth?

Not sure what to ask? Here’s some data from PayScale’s latest report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap, to chew on prior to the event:


  • The uncontrolled pay gap is actually worse than what we generally see reported: women earn 74 cents on the dollar, or 25.6 percent less than men.
  • When we control for factors like occupation, experience, education, hours worked, and location, the gap closes to 97 cents on the dollar. In other words, in the same jobs and with the same circumstances, women still earn 2.7 percent less than men.
  • Choice of occupation, then, is one factor that goes into maintaining the gender pay gap. Men tend to dominate higher paid jobs and women lower paid ones. But, it’s not the only explanation.
  • Marriage and family affect earnings for both men and men, but not in the way you might think. Women are actually less likely than men to report prioritizing family and home over work obligations – 52 percent of men reported prioritizing home/family over work at least 1-2 times per month vs. 46 percent of women – but the controlled and uncontrolled gap is higher between married men with children and married women with children than any other demographic.


Join us Tuesday, November 17, at 10:30 a.m. PST/1:30 p.m. EST, to discuss this and more. Use this link to ask us anything! 

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i can explain that 2.7% page gap and argue for why it should be HIGHER and men DESERVE to be paid more. I’ve worked numerous “office” jobs where you might think that gender plays no part in our job responsibilities or performance. Most of these jobs had a majority of women employees. However, this has never been the case. In every instance, I have been called upon to perform additional duties. Why? Height. Anything higher than 5.5 feet off the… Read more »


“women still earn less than men in every industry” Are you sure about that? “Every” industry? And why are there no economists on the panel? Where’s the balance, given that the gender pay gap has been debunked time and time again? What smoke and mirrors are you going to use to disprove the difference in hours worked? Overtime? Danger pay? Choice of profession? “in the same jobs and with the same circumstances, women still earn 2.7 percent less than men”… Read more »


Hmmmm……. And yet NO MENTION of women under 35 cumulatively earning more on average than men

What was it that happens to women around 35 again???? Tick tock tick tock it’s the biological clock and most women’s desire to be a stay at home mom

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There is a nonlinear relationship between overtime and pay. “The portion of the difference in earnings by gender that was once due to differences in productive characteristics has largely been eliminated. What, then, is the cause of the remaining pay gap? Quite simply the gap exists because hours of work in many occupations are worth more when given at particular moments and when the hours are more continuous. That is, in many occupations earnings have a nonlinear relationship with… Read more »


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Would you like to apply for scholarships as a white male pursuing a crapspewing degree or as a black female pursuing a crapspewing degree?


holy f*** I wish i could get paid to spew crap

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