Salary Stats: Women vs. Men

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Friday, November 7, 2008; 12:00 AM

  • Women, on average, ask for 30 percent less money than males.
  • Men are four times more likely to negotiate a first salary than women.
  • Men are eight times more likely than women to negotiate their starting salary and benefits.
  • Women ask for raises or promotions 85 percent less often than their male counterparts.
  • In 2007, women who were full-time wage and salary workers earned 80 percent of their male counterpart's salary.
  • 20 percent of women (22 million people) say they never negotiate at all, even though they recognize negotiation as appropriate and even necessary.
  • 2.5 times more women than men said they feel "a great deal of apprehension" about negotiation.
  • When asked to pick metaphors for negotiations, men picked "winning a ball game match," while women picked "going to the dentist."

Source: Linda Babcock, Carnegie Mellon University

Compiled by Maureen McCarty, washingtonpost.com


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