Pay Equity

Pay Equity = Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value.  

Why is this topic important?
After college graduation, the playing fields for men and women should be even.  However, whenwomenare not paid the same pay for the same work, they start off behind and continue to lose income as well as opportunities for advancementthroughouttheir career.


Thinking About Pay

Pay is just one part of your total offer package but makes an impact on your future.  To prepare you for positive conversations about pay CAPD advises MIT students, postdocs, and graduates to review the job offer information  and the Demystifying Salary Negotiation Process tips ,  research  MIT specific Pay data, regional, and industry-specific information,  consult a CAPD advisor or Sloan Career Development Office advisor, and if you are looking for industry-specific information connect with alumni in MIT’s Advisors Hub.   The job offer templates by state give information to understand  rights regarding non-compete agreements, verifying whether your salary matches your co-workers, negotiating for contractual protections.  We provide additional Pay Equity Resources to support you throughout your career. The Pay Equity FAQs   provide information from national thought leaders on research on the pay equity gap. We use WomXn at times on this page to encompassing a broader range of gender identities than ‘woman’.

Recognizing Equal Pay Day

All Pay Days Are Not the Same

WomXn working full time and year time are paid  82 cents for every dollar paid to a man who works full time.
Equal Pay Day is the symbolic representation to raise awareness about the wage gap and the impact that it has on women and their families.  For most women of color that wage gap is even wider and they need to work longer into the year to make as much.

2022 Equal Pay Days March 15- Symbolic Day for All Women

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Women Equal Pay  May 3
  • African American and Black Women  September 21
  • Native American Equal Pay November 30
  • Hispanic and Latina Women Equal Pay December 8
Source: AAUW

Intersectionality of Equal Pay

Identity Influences Pay.

Quick Facts
  • African American and Black women work nine months in the year to earn the same pay as male coworkers
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 75 cents for every dollar. However, Asian American and Pacific Islander women are multidimensional with stark differences among the subgroups
  • Native American Women pay is dependent on the tribe they belong to.
  • Hispanic and Latina women are most affected by the pay gap.

Learn more about the intersectionality of identities. 

Recruiting MIT WomXn? Ensure Equal Pay!

At MIT, women are 41% of the total student and 27% of total postdoc population in 2021 according to the MIT Diversity Dashboard.

 CAPD and the Equal Pay Working Group offer recommendations for companies who recruit MIT students, postdocs and graduates for pay equity in addition to advice for recruiting underrepresented students. 

Review CAPD’s employer pages  and connect with CAPD’s Recruiting Team, to hire our students, postdocs, and graduates.

MIT Equal Pay Working Group

Who we are? MIT Equal Pay Working Group raises awareness of the issue of pay inequity.   Led by CAPD and AMITA (Association of MIT Alumnae) the group comprises students , staff, and alumnae from:

  • Career Advising and Professional Development
  • Department of Urban Studies & Planning
  • Association of MIT Alumnae
  • Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program
  •  Society of Women Engineer
  •  Graduate Woman @ MIT
  • Women and Gender Studies
  •  Sloan Alumni Relations
  • Sloan Career Development Office
  • MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, and
  • Supported by Institutional ResearchThe group’s mission is to collaborate to promote pay equity for MIT students and graduates from diverse backgrounds and experiences at the beginning and throughout their career.  Interested in connecting with the working group for programming or sponsorship,  contact

Pay Equity and Negotiation Workshops and Programming

We work with MIT departments and groups to provide information on  pay  and negotiation for students, postdocs, and graduates.  Interested in having us speak to your group or come to an event, send a request to our  email

Women in the Workplace – 2022 Report

Women leaders are switching jobs at the highest rates we’ve ever seen, and ambitious young women are prepared to do the same. To make meaningful and sustainable progress toward gender equality, companies need to go beyond table stakes. That’s according …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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2022 Fall Career Fair: Employer Equal Pay Initiatives

You can review this list of MIT Fall Career Fair 2022 employers who shared the pay equity efforts conducted at their company. Some companies have multiple efforts listed, so be sure to click on the “equal pay efforts being conducted” column.

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How to negotiate your tech salary ft. (video)

Watch this mock negotiation to effectively get a higher salary in your interview process. Stephen asks Zaheer ( co-founder) to navigate three negotiation scenarios that are common to your recruiting process including: compensation expectations, exploding offers, and negotiating the offer. …

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CAPD Podcast Playlist: Negotiation & Pay Equity

Check out CAPD’s ever-expanding playlist of podcasts offering insight into negotiation & pay equity.

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Lindsey Pollak: Why I’m Spreading the Word About Pay Transparency

Read Lindsey Pollak’s pay equity story and learn about how pay transprancy can help.

By Meredith Pepin
Meredith Pepin Associate Director, Career Advising & Education
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