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Microsoft’s First Median Pay Report Shows Racial Gaps in Top Jobs

Black and Hispanic workers trail in compensation, indicating fewer are in management roles

Signage outside the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington, U.S., on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Microsoft Corp. has begun calling employees back to its headquarters in recent weeks, but its return-to-office strategy hinges on hybrid work.
Signage outside the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington, U.S., on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Microsoft Corp. has begun calling employees back to its headquarters in recent weeks, but its return-to-office strategy hinges on hybrid work.Photographer: Chona Kasinger/Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp.’s first-ever report on median pay for its workforce shows that women do better than the US average, while Black and Hispanic employees remain under-represented in higher-level roles.

Microsoft is at pay parity when comparing women and people of color doing equal work with men or White workers, the data released Thursday also shows. But the median pay figures — which measure compensation across the entire workforce regardless of title — show employees of color overall make less, indicating disparities between who is in higher-paying positions.