Elizabeth Fraser

Tips for Bridging the Gender Gap

Blog Post created by Elizabeth Fraser on Jul 27, 2012

The gap between median annual salaries for men and women with professional degrees (all degrees: bachelors, masters, and PhD) in the U.S. was $24,000 in 2008 (latest available data from the National Science Foundation).  The gap for Science and Engineering professions by comparison was $15,000, and for physical sciences $16,000.


The ACS Salary Comparator is a powerful tool showing comparative salary information for men, and women in specific occupations and geographical areas.  The Comparator is an ACS member-only benefit, and cannot be accessed by people outside of the organization.


Information gained about the average salary for a job in a specific area of the country can be a powerful tool in the negotiation of a starting salary or for discussions about a raise, but you should be careful to choose the average salary for a male.  Don’t quote the salary for a woman in that position.  That number is for your information only.



National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT), 2008.