A fair go? The gender pay gap among corporate executives in Australian firms

Yoshio Yanadori*, Jill A. Gould, Carol T. Kulik

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In virtually all economies, executive positions are highly male dominated. This study examines the pay gap between male executives and female executives in large Australian firms from 2011 to 2014 to evaluate whether female executives are paid equitably compared with male executives. The mean pay comparison shows that female executives earn 80.7% of the total pay earned by male executives. A large part of the gender pay gap is explained by differences in positions held; female executives are particularly underrepresented in highly paid executive positions. After controlling for executive position and other relevant individual and firm characteristics, there remains a 15.1% gender gap in total pay. Our findings suggest that to achieve the goal of gender equity, both the proportion of women at executive level and the executive-level gender pay gap need to be monitored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1636-1660
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Diversity
  • executive pay
  • female executives
  • gender pay gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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