Apple pays its female staff up to 26% less than men in the UK

  • Apple pays female employees up to 26% less than men in some parts of its UK and European operations.
  • In the company as a whole, women earn 5% less than men.
  • The disparity is a result of Apple's leadership ranks being filled with men.
  • That all looks bad ... but Apple's salary gap is actually smaller than most. 


Apple pays female employees up to 26% less than men in some parts of its UK and European operations, according to the company's gender pay gap report. However, among all 6,000 Apple employees in the UK, women are paid 5% less overall, on average. That pay gap is smaller than most UK companies, and less than comparable tech companies.

The median female employee (meaning the employee in the middle of the range of data) earns 2% more than her male counterpart, the company reported. That is likely because most of Apple's employees work in its retail stores, as opposed to its London HQ where the management, sales, and engineering staff are located, and retail staff tend to skew female. 

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Salaries of employees at 25 top tech companies

Google

Average annual bonus: $32,478

Average sign-on bonus: $27,547

Average annual base salary: $136,000

Netflix

Average annual bonus: $0

Average sign-on bonus: $3,520

Average annual base salary: $206,000

Twitter

Average annual bonus: $120

Average sign-on bonus: $26,144

Average annual base salary: $149,000

Apple

Average annual bonus: $20,298

Average sign-on bonus: $27,201

Average annual base salary: $102,000

Facebook

Average annual bonus: $33,225

Average sign-on bonus: $45,708

Average annual base salary: $145,000

Oculus VR

Average annual bonus: $395

Average sign-on bonus: $6,926

Average annual base salary: $119,000

Amazon

Average annual bonus: $24,732

Average sign-on bonus: $41,340

Average annual base salary: $118,000

Square

Average annual bonus: $988

Average sign-on bonus: $17,996

Average annual base salary: $134,000

Uber

Average annual bonus: $31,633

Average sign-on bonus: $1,807

Average annual base salary: $117,000

Pinterest 

Average annual bonus: $4,374

Average sign-on bonus: $33,376

Average annual base salary: $151,000

Tesla

Average annual bonus: $4,779

Average sign-on bonus: $19,447

Average annual base salary: $105,000

UnitedHealth Group

Average annual bonus: $7,280

Average sign-on bonus: $118

Average annual base salary: $87,000

Snap Inc.

Average annual bonus: $10,588

Average sign-on bonus: $23,705

Average annual base salary: $127,000

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Average annual bonus: $10,756

Average sign-on bonus: $8,265

Average annual base salary: $131,000

CSRA

Average annual bonus: $13,732

Average sign-on bonus: $1,186

Average annual base salary: $100,000

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Capital One

Average annual bonus: $15,114

Average sign-on bonus: $8,568

Average annual base salary: $107,000

Fitbit

Average annual bonus: $18,069

Average sign-on bonus: $25,459

Average annual base salary: $128,000

Pandora

Average annual bonus: $22,316

Average sign-on bonus: $18,886

Average annual base salary: $109,000

Microsoft 

Average annual bonus: $23,224

Average sign-on bonus: $20,191

Average annual base salary: $179,000

Airbnb

Average annual bonus: $23,250

Average sign-on bonus: $23,250

Average annual base salary: $124,000

Arista Networks

Average annual bonus: $27,497

Average sign-on bonus: $18,652

Average annual base salary: $151,000

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Linkedin

Average annual bonus: $32,216

Average sign-on bonus: $25,418

Average annual base salary: $149,000

Dropbox

Average annual bonus: $32,707

Average sign-on bonus: $32,833

Average annual base salary: $144,000

VMware

Average annual bonus: $33,145

Average sign-on bonus: $18,851

Average annual base salary: $147,000

Salesforce

Average annual bonus: $39,959

Average sign-on bonus: $28,314

Average annual base salary: $142,000

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Apple has three companies in the UK, and reported numbers for all of them. You can see from the breakdown that the most severe pay disparity occurs in Apple (UK) Ltd, which is distinct from its chain of shops, Apple Retail UK Ltd. In the latter, pay between the genders is comparable or, as the negative percentages indicate, higher for women than men:

Apple pay salary gender gap statistics dataApple

The bonus pay gap at Apple (UK) Ltd represents the most extreme pay disparity at Apple. The median female employee received a 57% lower bonus than her male colleague, and the 50% less as an average of all employees. Among all employees, the average woman's bonus was 22% less than those paid to men:

Apple pay salary gender gap bonusApple

Apple has an explanation for this. Men tend to dominate in management (71%), where bonuses are higher, while women are more numerous in the lower ranks of the company (32%), where bonuses are smaller. "The representation of women in our workforce drives our gender pay gap. Thirty percent of our employee population are women. There are also more men in leadership positions, which pay more. And these positions have higher bonuses and stock, resulting in a bonus gap greater than our hourly pay gap," the company said:

Apple Apple pay salary gender gap quartiles Apple

One hundred percent of Apple employees, regardless of their level in the company, receive stock bonus incentives. (New hires whose bonuses have not been paid aren't reflected in the data.)

Apple is pretty eager to point out that it is making strides toward equality. Women are more numerous among its younger ranks, and their numbers have grown overall since 2014:

Apple pay salary gender gap women percentageApple

While none of this data makes Apple look good, the company also points out that it is doing considerably better than other employers where the pay gap is much worse:

Apple pay salary gender gap contextApple

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