Levels.fyi Gender Pay Gap Report Q1 2024

Software engineering compensation data broken down by gender in the US

The following report consists of all the data that we've collected in Q1 2024 within the United States that had associated gender and level mapping information. The following report represents a subset of the main Levels.fyi compensation dataset. Using these data points we are able to determine discrepancies in compensation by gender.

17,116
Total Gendered Data Points
1 in 6
Submitted by Women

While approximately 16% of the data points from the US in our dataset were submitted by women, the representation of women in STEM fields in the US stands notably higher at 24%, according to a report by MIT. This shows a difference between our data and what's happening in the wider tech world. Understanding who works in tech helps us see if everyone gets a fair chance. Below, you can see the percentages of women and men in tech roles at big companies globally. This gives us a better picture of gender diversity in the tech industry.

Company % Women in Tech Roles % Men in Tech Roles
Block 30.6 68.7
Linkedin 29.3 69.4
Dropbox 28 72
Microsoft 26.6 73.4
Google 26.5 73.5
Apple 24.9 75.1
Splunk 21.9 78.1
Datadog 21 79
Cloudera 19.5 80.5
Uber 15.7 84.3

Pay Gap By Level

The Levels.fyi Standard is a leveling hierarchy we've abstracted from company-specific names to make aggregation easier. Using this approximation for leveling, we model out the percentiles of total compensation by gender for software engineering across the US overall, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and New York City. For a deeper look, you can filter individual data points by gender on our compensation page.

As you will notice from our boxplots above, a wage gap is evident across the normalized levels. Male software engineers generally earn higher median salaries compared to female engineers in all areas. What's interesting is that as engineers climb the career ladder, the pay gap tends to widen. This trend reflects similar observations we made in our 2020 report, wherein we noted a comparable pattern of an expanding wage gap at advanced career stages.

The graph below give us a peek into how the gender pay gap plays out at FAANG+ and other top-paying companies between 2020 and 2023.

Gender Pay Gap Over Time

At the entry level, things seem pretty fair with not much gap between what male and female employees earn. But as they climb the career ladder, differences become clearer. It's interesting to note that in 2020, female senior-level engineers at FAANG+ companies were actually earning more than their male counterparts, but this changed over time. Efforts to address the gender pay gap didn't always have consistent results. Some years showed progress, while others faced setbacks.


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Resources Used


  1. Block - 2023 Workforce Diversity Report
  2. LinkedIn - Our 2023 Workforce Diversity Report
  3. Dropbox - Our 2022 Diversity Report
  4. Microsoft - Global Diversity & Inclusion Report 2023
  5. Google - Diversity Annual Report 2023
  6. Apple - Inclusion & Diversity
  7. Splunk - Diversity Annual Report 2022
  8. Datadog - 2023 ESG Report
  9. Cloudera - Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion
  10. Uber - Diversity and Inclusion

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