IT Executive Gender Gap Reversal


An article featured on for January 24 reports some interesting findings on salaries in the IT field, particularly with relation to Information Technology executives.

The long-standing gender gap favoring male workers in the IT field, similar to across-the-board differences in the work force, continues. However, it seems that the pendulum is swinging in the other direction among executive-level IT professionals, according to a results of survey conducted by, a well-known IT and engineering careers website.

While women IT workers on average earned 9.7% less than men in 2006, female IT executives including CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, vice presidents, and directors earned on average 1.4% morethan their male counterparts, at an average salary of $109,912. In particular demand (based on the higher salaries reported) seem to be those with expert knowledge in ERP (enterprise resource planning), Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and CRM (customer relationship management).

The highest salaries for IT professionals from entry level to executive (male or female) were reported in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, and Baltimore/Washington, D.C., with San Diego, Los Angeles, and Seattle also showing strength.