Boston’s gender wage gap 23 cents

The Boston Women’s Workforce Council (BWWC) released its 2016 gender wage report, which found a 23 cent wage gap, meaning women make on average 77 cents for every dollar a man earns in Greater Boston, according to a press release.

The report uses wage data self-reported by businesses in the Greater Boston area. The data was anonymized and aggregated by a software program, and was collected from more than 112,000 employees. The report uses data that represents 11 percent of the Greater Boston workforce and $11 billion in annual earnings.

“Women make up the majority of Boston, but like most cities, companies and nations around the world, women— especially women of color—are underrepresented and underpaid in our workforce,” said Mayor Martin Walsh, according to the press release. “Our business, academic, and civic leaders are working together to fix this, and to create an equitable Boston that has opportunity for all. I’m proud Boston is leading the conversation on how to address the gender wage gap, and this report is another step forward in our mission.”

The average total compensation for women was $78,954, while the average total compensation for men was $103,155. The gender wage gap varied by job category: the highest earnings parity was in the mid-level worker and administrative worker job categories, in which average women earned more than their male counterparts.

The report also found that men’s pay was composed of more performance pay than of women’s. Men received 88 percent annual compensation and 12 percent cash performance pay, where in comparison, women’s total pay was 95 percent annual compensation, and five percent cash performance pay.

To view the report, visit

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