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Unadjusted Gender Pay Hole Under 1%


For the primary time since we began analyzing the gender pay hole at Buffer, our unadjusted gender pay hole is beneath one p.c. Though this quantity will definitely fluctuate with group adjustments, we’re proud and joyful to see this progress. ❤️

As a reminder, unadjusted implies that we’re evaluating all salaries throughout Buffer. Adjusted is evaluating two folks in the identical position, we don’t have an adjusted pay hole as we use a wage formulation to find out compensation.

Right here’s a more in-depth take a look at our pay evaluation from 2022 and a number of the components from this previous 12 months we consider impacted this quantity.

Buffer’s 2022 Pay Evaluation

Our group measurement has stayed roughly the identical over the past 12 months, we’ve 83 Buffer teammates. Of these, 37 determine as girls, and 46 determine as males.
The typical wage for girls is $136,850 and the common wage for males is $137,418, making our unadjusted pay hole proportion 0.41%.

Buffer group: 83 folks
Girls: 37
Males: 46        

Common wage for girls: $136,850
Common wage for males: $137,418
Unadjusted proportion hole: 0.41%

*Observe: We will’t share knowledge from the parents on our group who don’t determine as males or girls as it’s not a consultant pattern so we’ve opted to depart it out of this report however which will change for future reviews relying on how we accumulate knowledge internally.

Since 2018, this what our unadjusted gender pay hole proportion has regarded like:

Chart showing the unadjusted gender pay gap percentage at Buffer
Unadjusted gender pay hole proportion at Buffer, 2018 – 2022

In 2019, our hole bought worse earlier than it bought higher. As we’ve mirrored on this through the years, we consider it’s because being a smaller firm, every departure, and new rent strikes the quantity and in 2019 we employed extra girls who have been in decrease expertise ranges. In consequence, we widened our gender pay hole, although we improved our general gender ratio as an organization and we consider this paid off within the long-term.

Here is a take a look at the gender cut up on the Buffer group over the past 5 years:

Gender split on the Buffer team from 2018 - 2022
Gender cut up on the Buffer group from 2018 – 2022

We additionally see a number of fluctuation in between these pay analyses additionally resulting from new hires and departures.

You’ll be able to see over the past 12 months that each month has been fairly totally different:

Chart showing the unadjusted gender pay page percentage at Buffer over the last 12 months
Unadjusted gender pay hole proportion at Buffer over the past 12 months

Closing the unadjusted gender pay hole at Buffer is one thing we’ve been engaged on for years and is trigger for celebration. Initially, this didn’t really feel like a aim we might attain on condition that our co-founder and CEO, Joel, is our highest-paid worker and likewise a person. There are a number of components which have made this doable, although. We’ve talked about diversifying our hiring pipeline and making a profession framework previously. Listed here are a couple of adjustments that occurred over the past 12 months that we consider would have additionally had an affect.

What modified within the final 12 months?

Buffer is made up of various teammates

Hiring and departures are persistently big components that affect our unadjusted gender wage hole yearly.

Hiring: From March 1st, 2021 we employed 24 new teammates, 11 girls, and 13 males.
Departures: From March 1st, 2021, we had 25 departures, 15 girls, and 10 males.

In our evaluation, we discovered that 52 p.c of exits have been above the common pay throughout the corporate whereas 33 p.c of latest hires have been employed above the common pay throughout the corporate.

Our government group is 80% girls

As we calculate the unadjusted gender wage hole by evaluating all salaries throughout all groups at Buffer, our government group naturally performs a big position right here as they’re a number of the highest paid teammates at Buffer.

Over the previous couple of years, our government group’s ratio of women and men has all the time skewed barely in the direction of extra girls on the group. Within the final 12 months, our government group has shifted to be comprised of all girls apart from our CEO, Joel.

We adjusted our price of livings bands

We use a wage formulation to find out each wage at Buffer and in April 2020 we made an enormous change to that formulation — we went from 4 price of residing bands down to simply two. As Joel writes in his weblog submit on the imaginative and prescient for location-independent salaries, “the change we made resulted in wage will increase for 55 of 85 group members, with the rise being on common $10,265.”

That’s an enormous variety of Buffer teammates and a big proportion of the group who was impacted. These adjustments have been totally based mostly on location, each teammate in our two lowest price of residing bands was introduced as much as our new World price of residing band whereas these in our Excessive price of residing band remained the identical. In whole, 46 p.c of these whose salaries was elevated have been girls and 54 p.c have been males, nonetheless we did have extra girls within the Low price of residing band, which means that their wage elevated extra on common resulting from this modification than males.

There might have been different shifts that we missed that additionally impacted this quantity, however these are three huge themes. Naturally, every new rent and departure will proceed to affect this quantity over time, so that is one thing we’ll proceed to trace and report on.

We publish this pay evaluation yearly as we consider that is one of the best ways to assist transfer our business in the direction of constructive change. We hope that as we proceed to share this journey it may be helpful to others who’re working in the direction of comparable objectives. ❤️

View all of our previous pay analyses right here: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

Attain out together with your ideas on equal pay or this pay evaluation anytime!



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