Survey: 42% of women think they make 10-20% less than male coworkers with comparable jobs

A survey shows that 42% of women think they earn 10-20% less than males and 42% agree the “pay gap” is the most significant problem women deal with at work.

New research from global organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry shows that 42% of women think they earn 10-20% less money every year than male coworkers in jobs like theirs. It also showed that 42% of people agreed that the “pay gap” is the most significant problem women deal with at work.

Plus, 45% of women said they have “been sexually or verbally harassed” in the office, compared to 55% who said they have not.

Seven hundred thirty-eight people working in different fields weighed in.

How much less women think they make than men

Here’s how much less money women think they make compared to male coworkers with comparable jobs:

  • “10-20 percent less than male counterparts:” 42%
  • “I make the same as my male counterparts:” 17%
  • “20-40 percent less than male counterparts:” 15%
  • “5-10 percent less than male counterparts:” 15%
  • “0-5 percent less than male counterparts:” 6%
  • “50-75 percent less than male counterparts:” 3%
  • “I make more than my male counterparts:” 1%
  • “75-100 percent less than male counterparts:” 1%

The most popular tip that women had for others trying to get ahead in their careers was to “develop a strong network” at 44%. Next up was to “have confidence” at 32%, and then to “showcase accomplishments to key leaders” at 18%. The option “overcome perfectionism” came in last with a total of 6%.

Jane Stevenson, global leader for CEO succession and vice chairman of Korn Ferry, commented on the research in a statement:

“The survey underscores the continued need for action around the important issues and challenges facing women in the workplace. … My best advice for women in the workplace is to be confident and passionate. If you want the job, be the job before you even receive the promotion.”

On that note …

Here’s why women say they don’t get promotions in the office

While 33% of women say they’ve haven’t gotten a promotion due to their gender, 67% of them disagreed. Furthermore, 40% say that they haven’t gotten either “an opportunity or a promotion” in the office for the same reason, and 60% said they disagreed.

The research also broke down the most significant issues that female leaders face at work. Here the responses from the least to the most popular:

  • “Re-entering the workforce:” 15%
  • “Advancement:” 22%
  • “Getting respect from peers:” 25%
  • “Being treated equally:” 38%

Taking a look at working women overall, 42% said that the “pay gap” was “the most important issue” they deal with at work. Next up was “gender discrimination” at 26%, then the “glass ceiling” at 25% and “sexual harassment” at 7%.

But kids also came into the picture — while 45% of women said that “raising a child” badly influences “your career advancement,” 55% begged to differ.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.