Previous research on pay expectations has focused on gender differences and the reasons for those differences. In this study three types of reward expectations were measured. Pay expectations (starting salary and peak salary) were assessed, as well as another reward expectation, ease of promotion. The influences of gender, race, and type of job on reward expectations were investigated. The results indicated that Caucasians have higher peak pay expectations than African Americans for all job types. Interactions were discovered between race and type of job for starting salary, and between gender and type of job for ease of promotion.
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Gasser, M., Flint, N. & Tan, R. Reward Expectations: The Influence of Race, Gender and Type of Job. Journal of Business and Psychology 15, 321–329 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007876103048