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Tech Workers Arm Themselves With Salary Data

workers at desks with variously sized dollar signs suggesting different salaries, illustration

Access to more information about compensation increases workers' leverage to ask for more themselves.

Credit: Inkee Wang / Bloomberg Businessweek

Technology workers increasingly are gathering salary data amid an environment often hostile to open discussions about employee earnings.

Taylor Poindexter, now at Spotify Technology SA, reached out to industry workers via Twitter asking about their compensation. After having a friend break out the statistics by city, specialty, experience level, and organization size, Poindexter found that most respondents earned salaries over $100,000 annually. The survey also revealed that larger companies pay higher average salaries than smaller ones, and that pay levels out for many workers after a decade.

Efforts like Poindexter's come after Apple faced accusations from employees that it tried to prevent talk about pay transparency. California, where many tech companies are located, requires employers to provide salary or hourly wage ranges to applicants who have completed an initial interview, and those with 100 or more employees nationwide must file annual reports on compensation.

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