WASHINGTON -- The gender gap for professional salaries in U.S. electronics and information technology fields now shows women with 20-to-29 years of experience being paid more than men, according to a new survey by the IEEE-USA organization.
The 2001 IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit survey shows women with 20-to-24 years of experience earning $100,037 per year from primary sources of income, while men with similar levels of experience had a median income of $98,500. Women with 25-to-29 years of experience had a median income of $107,000 per year, while men received $99,600, the survey said.
More than 9,500 respondents took the 2001 salary survey, which revealed a median primary income of $93,100 for all U.S. IEEE members during 2000. Primary sources of income include base salary, bonuses, commissions and self-employment income, said the U.S. organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Women now make up 6.8% of the IEEE's U.S. membership.
For professionals with less than 20 years experience, men were paid more than women, the survey said. Men with five-to-six years of experience had a median income of $76,000, compared to $68,000 for women, the IEEE-USA group said. Men with 15-to-19 years of experience had a median income of $96,000 vs. $84,700 for women with the same level of experience.
Among ethnic groups in the U.S. survey, Asian American IEEE members had the highest median primary income at a $99,000. Non-Hispanic whites were at $93,000, while those from "other" backgrounds -- usually persons from India, Pakistan or the Middle East -- had medians of $92,100, according to the survey. Hispanic members reported a median of $86,500, and non-Hispanic African Americans made $86,340, the IEEE-USA group said.