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March 08, 2011

PRSA Expert: Pay Discrepancy Still Apparent in PR Industry — PRDaily Report

Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR, chair of PRSA's National Committee on Work, Life & Gender, wrote an International Women's Day-focused article for Ragan's PR Daily that presented new data regarding the pay gap between male and female public relations professionals.

PR Women: Latest Data Show Gender-Based Salary-Gap Is Widening
Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR
Ragan's PR Daily
Published: March 8, 2011

The White House this month released a report showing that women still only earn about 75 percent of what men earn on the job. I feel disgusted but unsurprised.

Women have earned less than men since the government began tracking these numbers. In 1979, a woman earned 62 cents for every dollar earned by a man. In 2005 and 2006, women made 81 cents for every dollar men made. That was the all-time high!

In the last half decade, we’ve not only failed to make progress on the issue of gendered income inequity—we’ve increased the wage gap between men and women.

The public relations profession is not immune to this larger societal problem.

Preliminary data from the Public Relations Society of America’s 2010 Work, Life & Gender Survey indicated that the average annual income for men in public relations was about $120K; that figure for women was about $72K. In our 2006 survey, the average annual income for men was $98,188.82; the average for women was $67,853.08.

This income disparity is a problem for the public relations profession.

Read the rest of the op-ed here.
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