'CRN' Survey Reveals Big Gender Gap in Salaries for Technology Personnel

Apr 16, 2001

Big differences in compensation persist between most men and women working for technology solution providers, according to data from "CRN's" annual salary survey.

The survey of 1,115 individuals -- managers, salespeople, and technical personnel -- was conducted in February - March 2001, obtaining data on total compensation (the sum of salary, bonus, and commission) for the years 2000 and 1999.

Among all survey respondents, the data reveal a 28-percent gap in compensation last year between males and females. The median level of compensation was $67,500 for men, compared to $52,500 for women.

The gap turns into a chasm among salespeople. Within this group of survey respondents, median compensation last year was $73,500 for men and $45,000 for women, a difference of over 60 percent.

"Our data show that experience is a key factor when it comes to compensation for salespeople," says John Roberts, "CRN's" director of editorial research. "But the average difference in experience between salesmen and saleswomen is only two years, which by itself does not seem to be enough to explain away the sizeable gap in compensation."

On a more positive note, the survey data also reveal that the gender gap is narrowing. Among all respondents, the difference in compensation closed from 37 percent in 1999 to 28 percent last year.

Looking at technical personnel, the gap has closed almost entirely. Among all 674 technical staff surveyed, for example, the median level of compensation for women was $67,500, slightly higher than the $65,000 figure for men. The same holds true for technical managers.

And while differences in compensation remain for some specific technical job classifications -- for example, those certified as Oracle Database Administrators -- the gap is narrowing here as well.

"These days, with the market for qualified, competent technicians so tight, just finding the right person is hard enough," says "CRN's" Roberts. "Whether they are male or female is increasingly irrelevant to employers."

About "CRN"

"CRN" is the nation's leading trade newsweekly that provides timely industry news and analysis for solution providers, integrators and e-businesses driving the new economy. It is the most trusted source of news for 117,500 channel professionals. A media leader in the high-tech industry, "CRN" provides the most comprehensive suite of online resources: http://www.crn.com/, the site where industry news breaks first; "CRN" Direct, a daily newsletter that brings personalized news to solution providers' desktops; and "CRN" News Radio, a daily news broadcast covering the solution provider channel and the industry.

About CMP Media, LLC

CMP Media, LLC (http://www.cmpnet.com/) is a leading high-tech media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences, custom publishing, testing and consulting.

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