Study Examines Wages of Female Government Workers
According to a report released by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), female government workers earned 87% as much as men did in equivalent positions during 2012. This number is up from 70% in 1992.
The study, ordered by President Barack Obama to investigate the progress to fair and equal wage for all workers, surveyed 37 white-collar Federal job categories. Greater pay equity was seen when comparing individual occupations and pay grades.
While it reflects a significant improvement in closing the gender wage gap, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta notes, “We won’t be satisfied until women working in federal jobs earn the same as their male counterparts, at every level.”
The report also offers methods for addressing the pay disparity, ranging from correcting the imbalance of hiring in all occupations and improving the transparency of pay tables, specifically for the starting salaries for women.
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