Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 84–105 | Cite as

The Gender Gap in Raise Magnitudes of Hourly and Salary Workers

  • Benjamin ArtzEmail author
  • Sarinda Taengnoi


The gender gap in promotions literature typically uses survey to survey imputed hourly wage changes to measure the earnings effects of promotions alone. By distinction, we study raises with and without promotions using data within surveys that uniquely identify both the current and most recent wages of hourly workers separate from salary workers. In cross-section estimates we identify a gender gap in raise magnitude favoring men only among hourly workers who achieve promotions, but this result vanishes in fixed effects estimates. No gender gaps emerge in any other instance, including for salary workers and raises absent of promotion. We further contribute to the literature by uniquely controlling for natural ability and risk preferences of the workers, the time passed since earning the raise, and also whether the responsibility of the worker’s job changed with the raise.


Gender gap Earnings Promotions Wages 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Wisconsin OshkoshOshkoshUSA

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