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• Teachers: Women earned just 89% of men’s salaries
• Sales: Women earned only 77% of what their male peers earned Currently, there is a bill on the table in Congress that will help to eliminate the gender pay gap, known as the Paycheck Fairness Act. Though the bill has been rejected twice now, as reported in the Huffington Post, lawmakers are still pursuing a course of action in order to equalize pay in the United States. In the meantime, women can employ the following tactics to ensure they’re getting a salary that is comparable to that of their male peers: • Know your worth. You have skills that set you apart from the competition; so when negotiating your salary, make note of your skill set and research how much these may be worth in your specific industry.
• Be prepared. Don’t just research the skills you have – look at the industry across the board. Monster.com provides a Salary Calculator that can help identify salaries for different fields by geographic location. Come equipped with these figures when negotiating your salary.
• Don’t jump into specifics too early. In initial interviews, don’t set a specific figure. Instead, use terms like “negotiable” or “competitive,” and wait until you’re farther along in the interview process before getting too detailed. Avoid saying that you’re “flexible” or “willing to take whatever.” Let your future employer get to know you and your skill set so that they’re taking into account what you bring to the table and not how much you’re asking. What are your thoughts on the gender pay gap? Is it fact or fiction? Fair or unfair? Tell us!