Unadjusted Gender Pay Gap Below 1%



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

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

Right here’s a better take a look at our pay evaluation from 2022 and a few of the parts from this previous 12 months we imagine impacted this quantity.

Buffer’s 2022 Pay Evaluation

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

Buffer group: 83 folks
Ladies: 37
Males: 46        

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

*Notice: We will’t share information from the parents on our group who don’t establish as males or ladies as it isn’t a consultant pattern so we’ve opted to depart it out of this report however that will change for future experiences relying on how we accumulate information internally.

Since 2018, this what our unadjusted gender pay hole share has seemed like:

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

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

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

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

We additionally see loads of fluctuation in between these pay analyses additionally attributable to 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 share 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 loads of elements which have made this attainable, although. We’ve talked about diversifying our hiring pipeline and making a profession framework prior to now. Listed below are a couple of adjustments that occurred over the past 12 months that we imagine 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 large elements that affect our unadjusted gender wage hole yearly.

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

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

Our govt group is 80% ladies

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

Over the previous few years, our govt group’s ratio of women and men has at all times skewed barely in the direction of extra ladies on the group. Within the final 12 months, our govt group has shifted to be comprised of all ladies 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 a giant change to that formulation — we went from 4 price of dwelling 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 share of the group who was impacted. These adjustments had been fully based mostly on location, each teammate in our two lowest price of dwelling bands was introduced as much as our new International price of dwelling band whereas these in our Excessive price of dwelling band remained the identical. In complete, 46 % of these whose salaries was elevated had been ladies and 54 % had been males, nevertheless we did have extra ladies within the Low price of dwelling band, that means that their wage elevated extra on common attributable to this alteration than males.

There might have been different shifts that we missed that additionally impacted this quantity, however these are three massive 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 imagine 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 useful to others who’re working in the direction of related 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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