Friday, July 22, 2011

ASTD Salary & Compensation Survey 2011

ASTD has just released their 2011 Salary & Compensation Report for the L&D field.

Let's discuss:

  • Median salary for men is $80,000-$90,000; for women it is $70,000-$80,000
  • The proportion of men earning $120,000 or more is twice that of women
  • Women are not as well represented in higher paying categories of L&D. There is a dearth of women in executive ranks and higher compensated specialties, possessing advanced degrees, or having 20 or more years of experience.


Judy Unrein said...

Curious whether the gender gap reported takes into account experience, level, etc. We've seen from previous reports (such as from the eLearning Guild) that the gap exists even when those things are taken into account, but I'd be interested in seeing whether ASTD's findings are the same.

Anonymous said...

wow! will this gender gap ever be irrelevant in our lifetime? I will be interested to know why the difference?

Michele Martin said...

Hey Cammy--depressing stats as always. I recently read a Catalyst report on the issue of "mentoring" vs. "sponsorship" and the fact that many men in business have other men "sponsoring" them for advancement, etc. The link is here:

I wonder what impact--if any--this might be having here? Is there a persistent gap because men are more likely to have sponsors, especially as we move to higher levels in the organization?

Cammy Bean said...

Hey Michele - I think I saw that Catalyst report mentioned in a book I just read (at Judy Unrein's suggestion):

I also wonder what % of the L&D population is reporting in as women. Rumor has it that L&D is a female dominated business.

Ken Alderfer said...

I'd be interested in the actual break down by position within L&D. Is this study including CEOs through Office Assistants? How does gender play a role in that?

I'm on the creative/development side, and in my experience I've had more bosses that were women. But I've never seen an office assistant that was a man. I would imagine that CEOs and management get a higher salary. Maybe my experience has been the exception, but before I make the conclusion this is gender bias I'd like to know if we're comparing apples to apples.

Kelly Meeker said...

Wait, Cammy, didn't you post this exact same post about a year ago? I feel like this is a deja vu moment.

I'd be interested in additional stats on what the actual gender breakdown is throughout the profession - is it in fact female dominated? And is there any relationship between that and the pay gap?

(I wonder what the role for self-employment vs. staff for a larger company plays in the pay gap.)

Depressing, as always.