Good News: Apple Says It Has Closed Its Gender Wage Gap in the U.S.
In a new report, Apple has announced it has closed the gender wage gap among its U.S. employees — and pledges to close any remaining gaps worldwide as soon as possible.
"We've achieved pay equity in the United States for similar roles and performance. Women earn one dollar for every dollar male employees earn," Apple writes in its annual diversity report, which also highlights the company's commitment to hiring more women and minorities. Apple increased its global female workforce by 6 percent — up from 31 percent in 2014 to 37 percent as of this month — according to the report, while during the same time period, it increased the number of minority workers by 6 percent too.
Women weren't the only ones to benefit from the company's newest pay scale. "Underrepresented minorities earn one dollar for every dollar white employees earn," according to Apple, which has increased its number of minority employees by 6 percent in the last two years. At the same time, Apple increased its number of global female employees by 6 percent, up from 31 percent in 2014 to 37 percent as of this month, according to the report.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in February that women made 99.6 cents for every $1 earned by their male peers, and underrepresented minorities made 99.7 cents for every $1 earned by white men in similar jobs—and Cook said that the company would address and close its gap. Next, the company has promised to determine whether a gender pay gap exists in its global operations and, if so, close it. "If a gap exists, we’ll address it," according to its report. "And we’ll continue our work to make sure we maintain pay equity."
Apple isn't the first company to close its gender pay gaps. In time for April's Equal Pay Day, Facebook's vice president of people, Lori Matloff Goler shared a post announcing the site doesn't have a gender pay gap. “We complete thorough statistical analyses to compare the compensation of men and women performing similar work," she wrote. "I'm proud to share that at Facebook, men and women earn the same."
At the same time, Microsoft announced that women are paid 99.8 cents for every $1 their male counterparts take home. "We will continue our commitment to equal pay by monitoring this data," Kathleen Hogan, executive vice president of human resources for Microsoft, wrote on its website.
It is great to see companies closing the gap, but there's still a long way to go — even in the tech industry, which seems to be leading the pay gap charge. According to a recent survey, female software engineers at major corporations are paid salaries that are an average of 7 percent less than their male peers, while female software engineers at seed companies — younger companies — still face a 4 percent wage gap. And of course, as we know all too well, the average wage gap across all industries still sits at 79 cents to every man's $1.
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