2 In 5 Employees Say They Receive Unfair Pay

More women than men feel they don't get fair pay

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The White House reports that on average, women working full-time earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. According to a new Glassdoor survey¹ that dives deeper into income inequality and wage gap issues, two in five (39 percent) employees do not believe they receive fair pay in their current job. Further, more women (42 percent) than men (34 percent) do not believe they are being paid fairly.


Who can best address the pay gap issue?

Nearly three in five (57%) employees believe employers are in the best position to address pay gaps, compared to 30% of employees who believe Congress is in the best position to address the issue and 14% of employees who believe it is President Obama.

"Now is the time employers need to take a close look at their salary structure and determine where pay gaps exist, then fix it so employees know exactly where they stand in terms of compensation within their organization," said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. "When employees have a clearer understanding of how they're being compensated without secrecy around salaries, not only can they feel empowered in their current jobs, they're also often motivated to work towards the next level, which can improve productivity."

How can the pay gap issue improve?

Given that the majority of employees (57%) say employers are in the best position to address salary inequality at work, here's how employees believe pay gaps can be resolved:

  • New company policies around pay & comp (52%)
  • Clearer communication from senior leaders/HR about how raises are determined (45%)
  • Greater pay transparency (38%)
  • Government legislation (21%)
  • Employees threatening to leave and/or protests (17%)
  • New senior leaders (16%)


What do employees want when a pay raise is not possible?

If employees do not receive a pay increase within one year of starting a job, 62 percent say they would consider looking for a new job opportunity. However, employees report they would be satisfied with other perks and benefits if a pay raise or cost-of-living increase is not possible from their employer.

When a pay raise is not an option, employees say they'd most want:

  • More vacation days (61 percent)
  • More career opportunities (52 percent)
  • Flexible work hours (50 percent)
  • Option to work from home/remotely (46 percent)
  • Company stock/shares (44 percent)
  • Healthcare subsidy (34 percent)
  • Gym membership (23 percent)
  • Opportunities to work on new projects (21 percent)
  • Free food & drinks (15 percent)
  • Less direct supervision (9 percent)

Breaking this data down by gender, Glassdoor's survey found more women than men want benefits like flexible work hours and the ability to work from home, while more men than women want company stock/shares:

Flexible work hours

  • 60 percent of women
  • 40 percent of men

Option to work from home/remotely

  • 52 percent of women
  • 39 percent of men

Company stock/shares

  • 37 percent of women
  • 51 percent of men


Curious what employees with your job title earn? Check out salaries on Glassdoor. Plus, don't forget to share your salary to help others!

¹ Data is based on a Glassdoor site survey conducted online among 1,000 employees and job seekers from February 18-26, 2014.

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How many times have you been to the grocery store and seen female cart pushers? I've never seen any in this area. Young men get hired and do the heavy work, young women get hired, for the same salary, and are inside at cash registers or on the floor.

April 23 2014 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey everybody - Look at your GROSS PAY - then your NET PAY. Then ask yourself - Is it really that I'm not getting paid enough or is it that the government is taking too much out of my check.

April 22 2014 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Gordon's comment

Big deal; unless you are rich...The hourly wage is more important to determine if you can get by(if you make a low wage, you also pay lower taxes, or no taxes and you still can't get ahead)

April 23 2014 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That "77 cents on the dollar" stat has been debunked many times. When comparing equal job types, equal hours worked and comparable duties, the pay gap disappears. If the WH wants to earn some credibility on this issue, they should stop reporting false data.

April 22 2014 at 1:39 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

WHAT?! '...employees believe that employers are in the best position to address pay gaps...' Silly rabbits...tricks are for kids.

April 22 2014 at 12:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Why is it that you go in and apply for a job, they hire you and tell you what they pay and you accept the job. Two weeks later you complain to your supervisor that you are not making enough money? You accepted the job and conditions and then say you don't like it. Quit go somewhere else, they can't stop you from doing that, but you just keep complaining that you want more money. Leave and find someone who will pay you more.

April 22 2014 at 11:44 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Polly Esther

As a former business owner, I can speak to this from experience. Every employee wants more money and thinks they deserve it. Whether or not they actually do deserve it is another matter. There are employees who are such good examples that, as an owner, you'd like to buy them a house and a car if you had the money. Then there are employees who would steal from you every chance they get and then ask for a raise with a straight face. I've seen it all - payroll clerks padding their hours and the hours of their friends to Company resources that disappear and nobody knows what happened to those who are clicking away on the internet on Company time as though that's what they're being paid to do. Employers have to police their behavior for drugs, watch them so they don't cheat and steal or run a side business on their Company phone, all of which casts a shadow over those who are simply doing their job and when you reward those who deserve it, the rest cry 'not fair'. For an employer to be forced to pay more to those who don't deserve it is an outrage. I'd much rather have the freedom to reward those who genuinely deserve it, than reward those who disrespect the Company and you with their behavior.

April 22 2014 at 11:29 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

John get hired to be a stock clerk. He is given a pay of $10.00 an hour. He works for the company for two years and had raises up to $11.50 an hour. He works hard, fast, never has been out six and does his job without an mistakes. Sue just gets hired as a stock clerk and is given a pay of $10.00 an hour. Should she be paid $11.50 an hour for just starting?

NO. If you compare apples to apples she doesn't deserve $11.50 an hour because she just started. That is the problem with the White House and most of you people. You need to compare apples to apples.

April 22 2014 at 11:11 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

people who live in glass (White) houses shouldn't throw stones. Wage inequality is alive an well in the Obama administration, maybe he should clean his own house first before "helping" others. Unemployment however, is genderless.
Maybe Obama and his great thinkers that have spent my grandchildrens earnings already, could now spend some time on private sector job growth, Keystone comes to mind. I'm guessing the hold up is that not enough Whitehouse cronies are invested in the pipeline. Enough of them were, to hassle a law abiding rancher in Nevada recently. I wonder if that would have happened, or been given the press if the rancher was a woman?
Maybe if the administration can fudge a few more numbers on employment, it seems expert on that more than creating jobs, then we'll all seem to have returned to work just in time for the November elections. Yes the great uniter with another "war" on gender to distract the media from looking at the economy. Who's are the next victims? Who wants to be a victim? Step right up, what's your inequality? Why isn't life being fair to you? Boo frickety hoo.
Maybe Holder can harass another citizen or business, or Reid, or Pelosi, or Sharpton, or Jackson (take your pick Sheila or Jesse). Wait Hillary gonna save us all! and she's a woman, we think.

April 22 2014 at 10:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

These recent reports about pay inequity are setting the stage for Hillary's run. She will no doubt go after the air-headed, shoe loving, trashy young women who can't think for themselves. It's about time the men in this country speak up.

April 22 2014 at 10:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply


April 22 2014 at 10:22 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sumter61's comment

sumter, I am sure YOU voted for Obama twice.

April 22 2014 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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