Apple claims to be strongly committed to pay equity across the company. However, a new survey conducted by employees reveals that there is up to six percent disparity in male and female staff members’ salaries. The company’s Principal Software Engineer Cher Scarlett shared the data of 2000 employees who participated in the survey with The Verge and said that they want to know what will Apple do about gaps in certain areas of the company in the coming years.
Recently, it was reported that the Cupertino tech giant forbade employees from conducting or taking part in internal surveys on hybrid return-to-work and pay equity; labor lawyers warned that it is illegal. The company says that it does not have a pay equity problem.
Apple internal survey reveals males in technical roles get higher salaries than female employees but females in principal engineering roles are paid more than men
Based on a sample of 944 white men out of 1408 participants, the data showed that median pay for white male employees in mid-level technical roles is up to six percent higher salary than female and non-white employees. In addition, the disparity exists in the median number of stock grants for white and non-white employees.
The median pay for men in mid-level technical roles was 6.25 percent higher than the median pay of women, while the median pay for white employees in mid-level technical roles was 5.06 percent higher than that of non-white employees.
The median number of stock grants (restricted stock units) for non-white workers in entry-level and mid-level technical roles was roughly 11 percent lower than the median number of RSUs for white workers among survey respondents.
However, the median pay for women in principal engineering roles like Scarlett roles is 1.2 percent higher than men. Wary of this data, Scarlett claims that “men in those high roles are less likely to respond to the survey because they’re the highest paid in the company, outside of leadership.”
Having said that, she says that the purpose of the survey is not to malign the company but to get “some insight” because they’ve had none. “What we actually want is for Apple to do a third-party investigation into salary data, or an audit that we have insight into.”
The company statement on the pay equity claims that every employee is paid the same wage as the next person for similar roles.
“Apple has a firm and long‑standing commitment to pay equity. Globally, employees of all genders earn the same when engaging in similar work with comparable experience and performance. In the United States, the same is true for employees of all races and ethnicities. We don’t ask for salary history during the recruiting process. Our recruiters base offers on Apple employees in similar roles. And every year, we examine the compensation employees receive and ensure that we maintain pay equity.”