City of Alexandria Finds Substantial Gender Equity in Employee Compensation
For Immediate Release: September 12, 2016
An analysis of pay by gender found that the City of
Alexandria’s male and female employees are compensated with far greater equity
than the national average. Studies by the U.S. Department of Labor show
women nationwide earn approximately 79 percent what men do, for a national pay
gap of 21 percent. By contrast, female City employees earn an average of
94 percent compared to their male colleagues, for a pay gap of 6
percent. For job titles held by more than one employee (which is the case
for three quarters of the City’s workforce), women earn approximately 1 percent
more on average than men.
“I’m pleased to have statistically confirmed that our
employees are compensated according to the work they do, with relatively little
disparity by gender,” said City Manager Mark B. Jinks. “Fair compensation
is a critical factor in our ability to attract and retain the best talent to
serve our community, and we will continue to work towards the goal of full
The City undertook this analysis on its own accord in light
of national concern about the pay gap between men and women. The study
looked at 2,812 regular full-time and part-time positions and did not account
for differences in career selection between men and women. Fifty-two
percent of City employees are male, and 48 percent are female.
The City’s relative pay equity can be attributed in large
part to the use of an established merit pay system, which provides pay
increases at regular intervals to employees with satisfactory performance.
Equity across City government is also supported by parity in staff
leadership positions. On average, female officials and administrators
earn 2 percent more than their male peers. The 123 City employees
classified by the federal government as “officials and administrators” are
almost equally divided by gender.
When broken down by category of job, the average pay gap
varied from 2 to 10 percent. In three of the seven categories, women are
paid more than men. The study also looked at pay gaps by age, years of
employment, and grade. The findings have been shared with the City’s
Commission on Women and Human Rights Commission. Click here for the complete data tables.
For media inquiries, please contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.3959.
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This news release is available at www.alexandriava.gov/93717.