Demographics on Women in Information Technology

“Teaching someone to program is like giving them a superpower.”
– Hilary Mason, chief scientist at Bitly, quoted in Glamour

Women in Information TechnologyFrom Demographics on Technical Women, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, (NCWIT):

  • 903,000 women are in computing occupations in the United States.
  • The median age of women in computing and mathematical occupations is 42. (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011, unpublished)
  • Of the approximately 903,000 women holding computing and mathematical occupations in the U.S, about a quarter million are between the ages of 25 and 34, and another quarter million are between the ages of 35 and 44. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011, unpublished)
  • The average female senior software developer earns between $74,660 – $100,591 per year and has at least a bachelor's degree. (, retrieved 2012)
  • In 2008, technical women earned an average salary of $70,370. ( via The Facts, 2010)
  • The gender pay gap for female computer programmers is smaller (they make 7% less than men) than it is for other professional occupations, including attorney (women make 13% less than men) and accountant (women make 24% less than men.) (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011)
  • Of the 20 occupations with the highest median earnings for women, 5 are computing occupations: computer software engineers, computer and information systems managers, computer programmers, computer scientists and systems analysts, and network systems and data communications analysts. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2010)
  • Women represent about 25% of the 3,608,000 persons employed in computing occupations. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011)
  • Just 3% of the U.S. computing workforce is African-American women, 4% is Asian women, and 1% is Latinas. (By The Numbers, 2012)
  • Of all women in computing occupations, 69% are white, 16% are African-American, 9% are Asian/Pacific Islander, and 6% are Latina. (NCWIT Scorecard, 2010)
  • More than half (56%) of women in technology leave their employers at the mid-level point in their careers (10-20 years). Of the women who leave, 24% take a non-technical job in a different company; 22% become self-employed in a technical field; 20% take time out of the workforce; 17% take a government or non-profit technical job; 10% go to a startup company; and 7% take a non-technical job within the same company. (The Athena Factor via The Facts, 2010)
  • About 79% of technical women have a partner who works full time, compared with 37% of technical men. (Anita Borg Institute)
  • Nearly 70% of partnered, mid-level technical women have partners who also work in technology, while only 33% of partnered men have partners who also work in technology. (Anita Borg Institute)

Thanks to Dr. Barbara Ryder for sharing this NCWIT information through the listserv of the Association for Women in Computing at Virginia Tech.

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