Survey: 68% of women believe they are paid equally to men

New research from CareerBuilder ahead of Equal Pay Day, shows that 68% of women believe they are being paid the same amount of money as men at their company with a “similar” professional background.

Harris Poll surveyed more than 800 U.S. adult employees working full-time for “non-government,” private companies (“not self-employed”) and more than 800 U.S. adult “hiring and human resource managers” who also work full-time at private companies that aren’t for the government or themselves.

Here are some of the findings that stood out.

Where people and employers stand on equal pay and salary

The research found that a staggering 68% of women believe they are being paid the same as their male counterparts, while 31% don’t think they’re taking home the same amount and 1% think they make more.

Just 22% of women (compared to 47% of men) think they’ll ever make six figures during their career and only 35% (compared to 17% of men) don’t think they’ll score a salary exceeding $50,000.

Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s Chief Human Resources Officer, told Ladders that the pay gap is a pressing issue in the U.S.

“In our research, we found that over a third of women believe there is a pay disparity at their company, and that women tend to be less satisfied with career advancement and training opportunities,” she said. “Many employers are pledging to close the gap and taking concrete steps including digging into salary, bonus and promotion data, removing bias from the hiring and review process and actively recruiting a diverse workforce.”

Overall, 94% of employers think American men and women should be paid equally, and 82% of employers think “transparency of pay” should exist in this country. But 15% of employers reported that they don’t believe women make the same amount of money “as their male counterparts” at their companies.

Forty-two percent of companies think “proposed legislation that prohibits employers from asking job candidates for their salary history will help close the gender pay gap since salary histories cannot be discussed,” according to the press release.

What level men and women think they’ll reach in their careers

The survey also included a breakdown of where men and women think they’ll get in their professional lives.

Almost a third of women (31%) believe they have “hit a glass ceiling” at their workplaces. Just 9% of men and a staggering 25% of women think “entry level” is the furthest they’ll ever get. Other levels employees thought they’d reach in their careers were as follows:

  • 33% of men and 26% women think they’ll make it to a “professional/technical role.”
  • 30% of men and 27% of women think they’ll make it to the “manager” level.
  • 12% of men and 10% of women think they’ll make it to “director.”
  • 6% percent of men and 4% of women think they’ll make it to “Senior Management (CEO, CFO, CTO, etc.).”
  • 4% of men and 2% of women think they’ll become a “Vice President.”
  • 7% of men and 6% percent of women think they’ll run their own company.

While 30% of women surveyed don’t believe they have the same chances and “opportunities” to get ahead in their careers as men at their companies with the same professional backgrounds, just 12% of men think the same.

The American workforce clearly has a long way to go in terms of making women feel supported and included in their offices — especially when it comes to money.

With this in mind, if you’re unsure of how to approach the raise discussion with your employer, Ellevest‘s Sallie Krawcheck has pointers for you.