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Apr 2, 2019 in Salary

Industries Where Women Are Most (and Least) Satisfied with Their Pay

With less than 30% of women pleased with their pay, we turn the lens on the industries leading and lagging in women’s salary satisfaction
Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza
Content Strategist, InHerSight
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Women discussing pay satisfaction across industries

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza is on staff at InHerSight where she writes about data and women's rights.

Women’s salary satisfaction is abysmally low.

According to a 2019 study by InHerSight, only 11 percent of women report being very satisfied with their pay, and less than 30 percent say they are satisfied at all. That leaves an overwhelming majority of women lacking the security that comes from being happy with their compensation.

We’re taking a closer look at women’s pay satisfaction as a means of shedding light into the opaque world of pay equity in the United States. We dug into our data to understand the industries where women are most—and least satisfied with their pay.

Top 5 industries for women’s salary satisfaction

1. Tech

2. Finance

3. Manufacturing

4. Government

5. Construction

Bottom 5 industries for women’s salary satisfaction

1. Consumer goods

2. Organizations (e.g., non-profits)

3. Education

4. Services

5. Art


Companies with reviews from at least 50 current or former employees were eligible for this list.

Data snapshot was taken on March 25, 2019.

This article is part of InHerSight’s month-long coverage of equal pay. Timed with Equal Pay Day, the series looks at how the pay gap affects women of all backgrounds and in all industries.

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