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For Women in Tech, Pay Gap Is ­nusually Small

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Shubha Tuljapurkar, director of educational technology startup Globaloria, an educational tech startup, works with Kayla Pham, 14, during an eighth-grade computer science class at Sylvandale Middle School in San Jose.

A new study finds that the pay gap between men and women in technology is one of the narrowest found in any industry.

Credit: Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group

The pay gap between women and men in the technology sector is one of the smallest, according to research by Harvard University labor economist Claudia Goldin.

She says female computer scientists make 89 percent of what their male counterparts make, controlling for age, race, hours and education. Female and male engineering managers receive about the same pay, Goldin notes. The numbers are significantly better than in other professions, including finance, medicine, and law.

Goldin says job flexibility is a key reason why women in tech fare so well. People who work in technology and science have far less pressure to be around at particular times and have face-to-face discussions with colleagues and clients, she points out. Tech employees are paid in proportion to the hours they work, instead of being paid disproportionately more for working longer hours. As a result, women with tech degrees who have young children are less likely to leave their jobs than women with degrees in other areas.

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