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SIOP Salary Survey Technical Report Released


by SIOP Administrative Office

A Shrinking Gender Pay Gap Among This Year’s Findings

The just released technical report for the 2016 SIOP Income and Employment Survey contains good news for the profession in general and particularly good news for women working in the field.

It was prepared by the SIOP Income and Employment Survey Team, whose members include Mark Poteet, Brandy Parker, Anne Herman, Amy DuVernet, and Kate Conley.

“We were pleased to find that the gender wage gap has continued to close,” DuVernet said. “This is particularly impressive when compared with the gender wage gap for US employment as a whole. Over the last seven years, we’ve seen a rise in the female-to-male ratio from 83.3% in 2008 to 89.7% in 2015, eclipsing the typical 80- 83% range across industries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2015).”

Not only is the gender pay gap shrinking, but the table on page 6 of the report comparing sample characteristics across prior surveys shows that there are nearly equal numbers of men and women working in the field of I-O psychology Forty-nine percent of the 2015 respondents were women, showing a steady increase from just 16% in 1982.

The survey analysis, predicated on data provided by 1,069 respondents who reported full time employment, shows that median income rose in synch with national inflation levels.

DuVernet finds this encouraging, as it points to the “maintained value of our professional services.”

Another takeaway from the analysis is that time on the job correlates with income. Mean and median income, for both master’s and doctorate level respondents, generally increased with additional years of relevant experience.

DuVernet suggests that members use the findings to benchmark their own salaries and identify activities that could have a positive impact their income potential.

The technical report references surveys conducted approximately every 3 years, dating back to 1982. Six of the earlier surveys, with the first done in 1997, can be found on the SIOP website.

The technical report goes into much greater detail about methodology and factors affecting income for different member groups than did the overview report released in the January 2017 edition of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP).

The effects of degree type, employment area, industry, geographic location, and level of experience are analyzed. The technical report also features sections dedicated to the breakdown of income across both academic and practitioner job levels, certifications, licenses, and clearance levels, and provides information about SIOP members' reported retirement, bonuses, and raises.

“Having used the report to benchmark ourselves in past years, we understand the importance of this information and wanted to make sure we provided a comprehensive and user-friendly report that all of our colleagues would find relevant and useful,” DuVernet said.

The Income and Employment Survey Team took over the SIOP salary survey project last year. Previously, HumRRO collected, analyzed, and reported the data, with assistance from the Professional Practice Committee.

“We are very thankful for all their efforts in previous survey administrations!” DuVernet said. “They paved the way for us in terms of survey design and trend analysis. We were also very excited for the opportunity to put our own spin on the research effort.”
The Income and Employment Survey Team is planning a series of TIP articles that will go into detail on a variety of topics, including career outcomes across various subgroups; the career impact of various professional development activities; and results of regression analyses identifying the relative importance of factors significantly related to SIOP members' incomes.