Major companies working to eliminate their gender pay gaps

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On the heels of Internationals Women's Day, Salesforce, an American cloud computing company, announced its plan to combat gender pay differences in the company.

According to the Executive Vice President of Global Employee Success, Cindy Robbins, the company made an internal pay audit for 17,000 employees, spending about $3 million to make salary alterations for close to 6% of its workers. This major announcement was made in a blog post on Salesforce after the company extensively analyzed its employees' salary.

"Moving forward, Salesforce plans to monitor and review salaries on an ongoing basis — making equal pay a part of our company's DNA," Robbins said.

In addition to the company's plan to eliminate the pay gap, Salesforce will also establish training courses for the women in the company, which will help them become more qualified for advancement opportunities.

Upon hearing the news of Salesforce's new initiative, Elon Musk, CEO of aerospace tech company SpaceX, announced that his company will also be auditing pay to fix the controversial gender wage gap in major industries. Musk stated, during an event about pay and gender, "I was asked today if we'll audit pay... we will do that."

A spokesperson from SpaceX told BuzzFeed News that Musk "plans to talk with Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, on this topic and will take it from there."

SpaceX isn't the only company following suit in gender wage equality. Companies such as Google, Apple, Intel and the Gap are all working towards completely eliminating differences in pay when necessary.

Danielle Brown, Intel's chief diversity and inclusion officer, said in an interview with ThinkProgress, "We've invested a lot of time and attention in making sure all processes, from recruiting to performance management to promotion...build in fairness and equality." Brown also went on to add how the company examines its annual performance reviews to not only ensure they are fair to women, but also, to people of different ethnic backgrounds -- and that those groups are fairly considered for promotion at equal rates.

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Major companies working to eliminate their gender pay gaps

10. Boston, Massachusetts

Best high-paying jobs:

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon — $262,290

Orthodontist — $233,660

Cartographer — $81,450

9. Trenton, New Jersey

Best high-paying jobs:

Podiatrist — $185,960

Operations research analyst — $109,670

Statistician — $102,800 

8. Fairbanks, Alaska

Best high-paying jobs:

Mechanical engineer —$108,320

Speech-language pathologist — $102,140 

7. Vallejo, California

Best high-paying jobs:

Psychiatrist — $255,290

Nurse practitioner — $127,860

Physical therapist — $112,270

6. Anchorage, Alaska

Best high-paying jobs:

Optometrist — $187,310

Mechanical engineer — $125,260

Massage therapist — $86,270

5. Bridgeport, Connecticut

Best high-paying jobs:

IT manager — $160,180 

Marketing manager — $158,460 

Computer systems analyst — $108,040

4. New York, New York

Best high-paying jobs:

Operations research analyst — $113,350

Audiologist — $107,530

Accountant — $93,160

3. Washington, DC

Best high-paying jobs:

Operations research analyst — $108,510 

Computer systems analyst — $103,750 

Web developer — $84,990 

2. San Francisco, California

Best high-paying jobs:

Statistician — $121,300

Software developer — $118,690

Web developer — $91,560

1. San Jose, California

Best high-paying jobs:

Nurse anesthetist — $232,970

Nurse practitioner — $139,570

Computer systems analyst — $108,500

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