Insights 3 min Published: 2022-07-21

4 Pay Gap Facts to Know About in the US

It’s illegal to pay people differently based on things like sex, race, or national origin, and it has been for some time. And yet, pay gap persists — and has even increased for some.

On the other hand, progressive organizations focus on pay equity because it’s the right thing to do—and they’re seeing strong business outcomes as a result. At Sysarb, we use technology and services that ​create transparent, diverse, and equitable organizations through a proven model. We don’t ​just measure the outcome, we make sure to guide you ​release the full potential of your entire workforce.

Whether you are in a situation where you want to improve pay gap, or your organization is already on a journey of fair pay employment, these pay gap statistics from 2022 will open your eyes and expose the reality.

1. Women in the US earn 82 cents for every dollar earned by men

In 2022, the uncontrolled gender pay gap is 82 cents for every dollar that men make. Also, according to a survey by Equal Rights Advocates, the pay gap for Black women, Native women and Latinas is even bigger. Their pay gap is more increased compared to white people due to people from these groups are less likely to be promoted into senior level positions.

2. Black men in the US earn 76 cents for every dollar earned by white men

Although the pay gap is generally more common among women, men are also affected based on discriminating grounds. According to statistics of the first quarter of 2022, the results showed that black men earn 76 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latinos earned 75 cents.

3. LGBTQIA+ employees earn 90 cents for every dollar earned by a typical heterosexual US-worker

In early 2022, the LGBTQIA+ advocacy group HRC Foundation found out that they earn about 90 cents for every dollar earned by non-LGBTQIA workers. This pay gap is more starkly by LGBTQIA+ people of color, transgender people and non-binary people. LGBTQIA+ Native American workers, for example, earn 70 cents for every dollar earned by a typical heterosexual employee.

4. 66% of organizations are doing pay equity analysis

According to a survey from Payscale, two thirds of respondents reported that pay equity is a planned or current initiative at their organization. Compared to 2021, it is an increase of 20 percent. Although it is positive that the numbers have increased, it is still too many companies that are not doing much, if anything, to identify and correct their internal salaries. In Sweden, there is a law on annual pay equity analysis, which requires employers to to detect, find solution and combat pay differences related to gender. It is a rewarding starting point for getting equal and fair salaries.

We help you achieve workplace equity

Sysarb was founded almost two decades ago with the aim of helping companies and organizations become more equal with reduced pay gaps between genders. We help more than 500 satisfied customers annually to smoothly carry out a pay equity analysis and confirm a fair salary setting and address the effects and sources of gender disparities in the workplace. We want to change the global view of pay and create transparency, justice, and impact. ‍

Source: Payscale, BBC

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