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pay gapThere are many questions about why women earn less than men, despite gains in education and skills.  One factor contributing to the gender pay gap is incentive pay.  A new report from the ADP Research Institute (ADP RI) found that women, on average, earn a 17 percent ($15,000) lower salary than men.  However, when factoring in bonus pay where there’s a 69 percent gender pay gap, the total earnings pay gap widens to 19 percent ($18,500).  In addition, the report discovered that young women, aged 20 to 30, fared the worst with a 21 percent less bonus-to-base ratio compared to male colleagues.  Women with a low starting salary started jobs with a near-equal base pay of men; however, the base salary gap worsened for them after six years.

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Scott Koegler

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community with his email newsletters for 10 years. And he has been covering this market through print publications for 18 years, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and continues to address that as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant.

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