2014 Developer Salary Survey, May 13, 2014 Our survey of more than 2,200 U.S. developers shows salaries in a well-paid field are nudging up as the economy picks up steam.
Every year, I comment about the persistent shortfall in women's salaries; and the number in this year's survey suggest the disparity continues. Lamenting this disturbing state of affairs predictably generates hostile comments to this article or sent in greater detail to my inbox. The most common "explanation" is that women are less aggressive when negotiating salary than men are. This seems plausible in the absence of data, but looking at this chart, we see that women staff salaries declined this year. What happened to the raises those staff received? Did new hires become so terrible at negotiation this year as to drag down the average? The argument make little sense; even less sense when compared with men's salaries over the last five years, which rose 11% while women's salaries rose than less than 3%. Let's call it what it is, a persistent prejudice against women that belies the fantasy that our field is a pure meritocracy. From the standpoint of compensation, it simply is not and has not been for years, if ever.