Women will work for less now – but employers can fix this

How much money would it take for you to change jobs? That’s definitely something that every employed job seeker thinks about.

While money isn’t everything, there are definitely floors that each candidate won’t drop below. And post-pandemic, those numbers are shifting.

As of July 2022, the average wage for an American to switch jobs (the “reserve wage”) was $72,873. Averages skew toward the high end. All it takes is Bill Gates saying he’s willing to change jobs for $3.6 billion, and the average number goes up. Most Americans earn less than $72,873. A median figure would probably give a more accurate picture of what people look for.

But what’s more interesting is when you break it down by gender. The average reserve wage for men has gone up to $86,259 from the previous quarter, while the reserve wage for women dropped to $59,543.

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3 thoughts on “Women will work for less now – but employers can fix this

  1. Did women say, “I’d work for less because I just want a job after being unemployed for so long!” or did they say, “I’d switch to a company that paid less if I could find a company that would offer me a flexible schedule, the opportunity to work from home, and a non-discriminatory culture?”

  2. So where’s this fictional job that pays that rate as a starting salary and does it involve any sacrifices to my personal lifestyle? The main problem with most work is that it is geared primarily toward a single person who has no obligations to others in terms of needing to be home/ resident except to eat and sleep. A worker is supposed to not have any obligations except to show up for work when the employer needs them to show up and do the job the employer wants to be performed within the time limits of the workday.
    When women entered the workplace, they did and still do have the majority of the obligations of keeping the household running, which includes cleaning, cooking, childcare, etc. Men never really involved themselves with performing these jobs, unless they had no women to do those jobs for them and then they hired someone to do them. Even today in 2022, that thinking is still very prevalent in the male psyche, no matter the upbringing. Most men never have to put themselves deliberately on a “mommy track” which hampers their career, because of the assumption that someone else is taking care of the home. Until that limited reason is eliminated, women have limitations to get equality in pay.

  3. Hey Suzanne! I just read your post and I wanted to leave a comment. I think it’s really interesting that you bring up the gender pay gap. I had no idea that it was still such a big issue in our society today. It’s really eye-opening to see how much of a difference there is between what men and women make for doing the same job.

    I think it’s important that we continue to talk about this issue and try to find ways to close the gap. It’s not fair that women are still being paid less than men, especially when we are doing the same work. We need to stand up for ourselves and demand equal pay. Thank you for bringing up this important topic!


    Kevin Blery

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