Gender pay gap: a visible manifestation of gender inequality in global health

The gender pay gap is the difference in the average hourly wage of all women and men in an organisation or across a workforce, as monitored by the Sustainable Development Goal indicator 8.5.1. If women hold more of the less well-paid posts than men, the gender pay gap is usually bigger.

Comparing the average hourly pay of men and women in an organisation, provides a stark measure of power and privilege, and highlights whose contributions are most highly remunerated.

Only 25% of organisations make public their gender pay gap data. Most of these are in one country (UK) with statutory mandatory reporting. Just eight of the 50 organisations reported their pay gap data voluntarily.

Across those organisations reporting, the median earnings of male employees are 13.5% higher than for female employees. Men’s median bonus payment is 22.8% higher.

Among the 27 US-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the 2019 sample, male CEOs are paid on average $41,000 more than female CEOs, even after controlling for revenue size.