Findings of our Salary Report
We have conducted a survey in the course of 3 months, reaching 5 Latin American countries (Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Perú, México) to understand what are the average salaries for digital professionals from several countries and different fields.
This deep research resulted in important findings about the reality of the remunerations of these professionals, which we related to their workplace information to have a panoramic view of their situation.
Let’s dive in an analysis of some of the factors that influence the salary of digital professionals:
Salary x seniority
Among the respondents with the higher salary range (more than 7.000 USD), 50% have 4 to 6 years of experience in the profession, and the other half has more than 15 years of profession.
Between the respondents with the lowest salary range (500 to 1.000 USD), the ones with less than 1 year of experience and between 1 and 2 years of experience represent an equal portion of 28% each, followed by 4 to 6 and 6 to 10 years experienced professionals, with 16% each. The ones with 2 to 4 years of experience are 12% of the respondents.
These results show that the time of experience has a direct impact on the salary range. However, there are other variables that influence the remuneration level. As you can see in the lower salary range, there are professionals that count between 4 and 10 years of experience.
Salary x location
Among the respondents with the higher salary range (more than 7.000 USD), 3 quarters work in Brazil, and the other quarter works in Chile. Among the brazilian, ⅔ live in São Paulo, and ⅓ in Campinas, while 100% of Chilean respondents in this salary range live in Santiago.
The relation between salary and location gets even more clear when we analyze the lowest salary range in this survey. Between the respondents that make between 500 and 1.000 USD, 96% are Brazilian, pulverized between several cities in the country, like Florianópolis (12%), Brasília (8%), São José dos Campos (8%), Campinas (8%) and Cuiabá (4%), being only 12% in the city of São Paulo.
It shows that the opportunities to earn higher salaries in digital remain in the big centers, like São Paulo and Santiago.
Salary x gender
The survey results reflect the gender gap reality, with 65,28% of professionals identifying as men. Besides that, only 9,03% of the responders are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Among the respondents with the higher salary range (more than 7.000 USD), 100% were men, while in the lower salary range (500 to 1.000 USD), women represent 44% of respondents.
Between female and the LGBTQ+ respondents, the maximum salary range was 7.000 and 5.000 USD, respectively.
Needless to say, cisgender men still tend to occupy the the roles with higher salaries, specially considering that most of women and LGBTQ+ respondents (28%) are Senior level professionals.
Our survey showed that several factors can influence the monthly salary of different digital professionals. In this article, we talked about the relationship between seniority, location and gender with the salary a professional receives.
This analysis is helpful to guide talents to understand how they can get the remuneration they are looking for, and also for companies to adopt a coherent margin of comparison on what their employee’s remuneration should be.
We also expect to encourage companies to rethink about what causes the salary gap between genders and adopt equality criteria to remunerate their employees. It makes more sense to define remuneration based on knowledge, seniority level and quality of delivery, diminishing the chances of perpetuating the gender gap.
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